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Hackers Attack Websites of Thai Police to Protest against Verdicts for Murder of British

Softpedia published news on 5th January, 2016, stating that two British tourists namely David Miller aged 24 and Hannah Witheridge aged 23 were killed on Thai Island of Koh Tao on 15th September, 2014.

Soon after the murder, Thai police arrested two migrant workers from Myanmar namely Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin, whom Thai court judged death sentence in December 2015. Subsequently, hackers attacked websites of Thai police on 5th January, 2016, protesting the trial of those two migrant workers.

The unidentified international hacking group wrote on its Facebook page that 14 websites of Thai police had been attacked. 9 websites, out of those it listed, were not accessible on 5th January, 2016.

A disguised person questioned the competency of the Thai police force about dealing this and other cases in a 37-minute video posted on the Anonymous Facebook page. Thai police have blamed innocent people but not foreigners for such crimes to protect their tourism industry so that tourists may not boycott Thailand as their tourist destination.

The group also says that they have looked into this case of rape and murder against the two migrant workers namely Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo. The hackers compared the documents acquired after breaching the websites of the police and found many similarities with the previous rape and murder investigations against other foreigners. These similarities contain loss of vital DNA proof, cruelty and charges against Thai police, ignoring postmortem report and contamination of the crime scene along with many more.

Police confirmed the attack on its websites on 5th January, 2016, stating that confidential data was not there on the public websites.

Dechnarong Suthicharnbancha, police spokesman, said that this reason is not good enough to hack our website and steal our data.

The verdict ignited anger in Myanmar where hundreds protested outside the embassy of Thailand at the commercial capital of Yangon, demanding the release of two migrant workers.

Some of the hacked sites posted words like "We Want Justice", "Failed Law", hashtag #BoycottThailand and also name of "Blink Hacker Group", based in Myanmar.

Reuters could not identify the attackers on the websites of police.

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