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<p>The Thai authorities have detained youths who allegedly carried out DDoS attacks against government websites in protest against the controversial new Computer Crime Act. &nbsp;</p> <p>On 21 December 2016, Somsak Khaosuwan, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), revealed that the police have detained youths who were allegedly involved in carrying out Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on the websites of ministries and state agencies.</p>
By PEN America |
<div> <div> <div property="content:encoded"> <p>PEN America reacted with dismay today to the news that Thailand’s legislature has approved recently proposed amendments to the 2007 Computer Crime Act, saying that the newly-amended Act would continue to enable and worsen serious abuse of freedom of expression online.</p> </div></div></div>
<p>The spokesperson of the Thai junta leader has warned that those who participate in public gatherings against the controversial new Computer Crime Act could be prosecuted.</p> <p>On 18 December 2016, Lt Gen Sansern Keawkamnerd, spokesperson of the Prime Minister’s Office, told the media that those who planned to participate in protests against the Computer Crime Bill could be prosecuted for causing public disturbances,&nbsp;<a href="">Thai News Agency reported</a>.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Thai netizens have staged a protest against the draconian Computer Crime Bill the junta’s lawmakers recently passed. &nbsp;</p> <p>At 3 pm on 18 December 2016, four youth activists gathered at Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC), Bangkok, to stage a symbolic protest against the new controversial Computer Crime Bill.</p> <p>The junta’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) passed the bill during the third reading with 167-0 votes in favor and five abstentions on Friday.</p>