Hacking prompts Yingluck to cancel Twitter account

A screenshot of Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra's Twitter account

THAI Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra decided to terminate her Twitter account PouYingluck, after a man hacked into her account on Sunday, a Thai newspaper reported quoting Information and Communications Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap said Monday.

The Nation reported on its website that Anudith insisted that police had identified who was behind the hacking but has declined to reveal a name to prevent the suspect from escaping.

“The police investigation is under way and we are very close to nabbing him,” the minister said.

Starting at 10.20am, eight messages were posted to Twitter@PouYingluck by the hacker. Some of them read: “You can’t protect even your Twitter account. How can you safeguard the country? Think about it my brothers and sisters,” and “Education is most important to the country. But why is there a policy for free distribution of tablets instead of a curriculum or wage hike for teachers?”

Anudith on Sunday claimed the hacker had used a mobile phone application to access PM’s account and another app to hide his location.

He claimed he knew who and where the suspect was and it was just a matter of time before police arrested him.

The newspaper also quoted Anudith as saying that a hacker violates computer laws and will face a prison term of not more than five years or a fine of not over Bt100,000 or both.

The minister said Monday the hacking into twitter account is not surprising; even US President Barrack Obama’s twitter account was hacked two years ago.

He also urged those who faced the same problem as the premier to alert the authorities.

The prime minister will from now use only Facebook under the account: Y.Shinawatra, The Nation report added.


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