Controversy surrounds Myanmar hackers claim


Photo: Anonymous Myanmar Hacker/Facebook

Controversy surrounds claims that Myanmar-based hackers, possibly with links to the military, have been attacking Thai government websites since early January.

The Blink Hacker Group said in Facebook posts and in an e-mail interview that its attacks were in retaliation for Thailand sentencing two Myanmar nationals to death for the murder of two British backpackers late last year, according to a Reuters report on February 26.

But the Thai police said they did not believe the hackers were based in Myanmar.

Myanmar individuals named in the recently released report, “Unleashed: Unveiling Cyber Warfare in Myanmar”, by a Swedish cyber security expert, Tord Lundström, are upset over the allegations they are involved in hacking, according to a Myanmar Times report, February 26.

The Myanmar government has previously raised questions about claims the Myanmar military was behind cyber attacks on targets abroad. Ministry of Information spokesperson U Ye Htut has previously questioned whether the country’s military has such a capability.

HACKERS from Myanmar say they have attacked Thai government websites since early January and stolen data, part of a long-running, broader campaign against those critical of Myanmar’s government.

The Blink Hacker Group said in Facebook posts and in an e-mail interview that its attacks were in retaliation for Thailand sentencing two Myanmar nationals to death for the murder of two British backpackers late last year.

The group said it posted online data it took from websites of the Thai prison agency and Justice Ministry, saying databases from any government websites it hacked "should be made public".

Thai police said they had yet to determine who was behind the attacks, but denied those responsible were from Myanmar.

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