Thai PM is Twitter hacked

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, had her Twitter account hacked this weekend – meaning that her followers saw a stream of messages criticising her leadership.

Ms Yingluck, who is Thailand’s first female prime minister, has been criticised for having no previous political experience, with some observers claiming that she is a puppet for her brother – and former Prime Minister – Thaksin Shinawatra.

Critics have also questioned her response to floods in the country.

The hacker’s final tweet read:

“If she can’t even protect her own Twitter account, how can she protect the country?”

Of course, this is far from the first time that hackers have used their skills to spread a political message. And we should probably be grateful that the attack did not have a more malicious intent (such as linking to a phishing site or a malware-infected webpage).

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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