Student arrested for hacking Prime Minister's Twitter account

Filed Under: Law & order, Social networks, Spam, Twitter

Wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, Aekawit Thongdeeworakul appeared at a press conference in BangkokPolice in Thailand have arrested a university student who is said to have admitted hacking into the Prime Minister's Twitter account and posting messages accusing her of incompetence.

22-year-old Aekawit Thongdeeworakul, a fourth year architecture student at Chulalongkorn University, could face up to two years in prison if found guilty of illegally accessing computer systems without authorisation.

Thailand's Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, had her Twitter account hacked last weekend - and her followers saw a stream of messages criticising her leadership.

Yingluck Shinawatra's Twitter account

The hacker's final tweet read:

"If she can't even protect her own Twitter account, how can she protect the country?"

In bizarre scenes, Thongdeeworakul appeared before reporters at a hastily convened news conference in Bangkok, alongside ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap.

The minister told members of the press that the alleged hacker believed his actions were innocent "as he didn't realise it would be a big deal."

According to the ICT minister, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had her Gmail account hacked on September 30th by unknown people, and her password was disseminated across the computer underground.

From the sound of things, Ms Shinawatra was not following my advice on how to stop your Gmail account being hacked.

Thongdeeworakul is said to have subsequently used the information to gain access to the prime minister's Twitter account. The IP address used to access the account ultimately lead investigators back to Thongdeeworakul.

The architecture student remained silent at the press conference, shrouded by a baseball cap and dark sunglasses.

Remember folks - just because you can access someone else's email, Facebook or Twitter account without the owner's persmission doesn't ever mean it's an acceptable thing to do. In fact, it's breaking the law and could lead to you getting in a lot of trouble.

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3 Responses to Student arrested for hacking Prime Minister's Twitter account

  1. L.k · 1120 days ago

    "didnt think it would be a big deal"... exactly why he should be shown that it is, and be made an example of.

    • Really? · 703 days ago

      made an example of? dude.. wtf is that all about, he's just some kid who got lucky lol..

  2. "Didn't think it would be a big deal" for hijacking the Prime Minister's Twitter account? Really?

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