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Anti-Prayut activists, academics, MPs alerted of hackers on their iPhone


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

STREET ACTIVISTS, UNIVERSITY academics and opposition MPs critical of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha have been warned of unidentified hackers trying to access their iPhone data storage systems.

House Committee on Political Development, Mass Communication and Public Participation Chairman Natcha Boonchai-insawat said today (Nov. 25) an estimated 20 political activists, academics and MPs who may have openly expressed their views against the Prayut government were recently alerted by Apple South Asia (Thailand) that hackers have tried to access their iPhone data storage systems.

The House committee chairman called on Digital Economy & Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn to look into such an illicit act of the unidentified hackers who may have been hiddenly connected with a certain government agency in charge of national security or provided some secret funding for it.

Natcha, an MP of the opposition Move Forward Party, also called on the DES minister to take steps to keep the cellphones of those anti-government activists, academics and MPs from being prone to the attempted hacking.

Those alerted by Apple of the alleged tampering with their cellphones’ data storage systems included former secretary-general of a dissolved Future Forward Party Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, Chulalongkorn University political scientist Puangthong Pawakapan and Thammasat University political scientist Prajak Kongkirati as well as noted members of anti-government activist groups such as the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, We Volunteer, Free Youth Movement, Free Artists and Salaya For Democracy.


Top: Mobile phone hackers concept image. Photo: Stock Catalog http://www.thoughtcatalog.com (CC BY 2.0)

Home Page: A hacker who looks to have been caught in the act. Photo:  Richard Patterson  (CC BY 2.0)

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