Cops hit back at hackers protesting Koh Tao verdict, threaten prosecution

Thai cops have hit back at hackers who on Tuesday took down several police websites in protest against the verdict in the Koh Tao murders case.

Pol Maj Gen Siripong Timula, commander of the IT Support Division, said he was preparing to file a police complaint against the hackers with the Technology Crime Suppression Division. 

Nine Thai police websites were inaccessible after the attack on Tuesday, with the words “Failed Law,” “We Want Justice,” and a hashtag #BoycottThailand displayed on some of the hacked sites, along with the name of Myanmar-based “Blink Hacker Group.”

Police have vowed to hit back against the Blink Hacker Group, although deputy national police spokesperson Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said it would take time to build a case due to the complex nature of cybe crime.

The attack was thought to be retaliation for the death sentence handed to Myanmar migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, convicted by a Thai court on Dec. 24 of the murder of British backpacker David Miller, and of the rape and murder of fellow Brit Hannah Witheridge.

Many criticised the police investigation, with allegations of incompetence, torture and mishandling of crucial DNA evidence.

The verdicts have sparked anger in Myanmar, where hundreds have protested at the Thai embassy in Yangon, which reportedly will remain closed amid the ongoing demonstrations.

Pol Col Krissana said the Blink Hacker Group had no prior history of attacking government websites, and said the police would catch up with the wrongdoers and punish them accordingly. 

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