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Thailand arrests infamous hacker wanted by Switzerland

posted onMarch 19, 2014
by l33tdawg

An infamous computer hacker has been arrested in Thailand at the request of Switzerland on suspicion of hacking into bank computer systems in Europe, an official said Tuesday.

Farid Essebar, who has dual Moroccan-Russian nationality, was detained in Bangkok last week, according to Police Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul of the Department of Special Investigation, Thailand's equivalent of the FBI.

Bitcoins banned in Thailand

posted onJuly 30, 2013
by l33tdawg

In a statement on its website, Bitcoin said it had given a presentation to the Bank of Thailand about how the currency works in a bid to operate in the country.

However, at the end of the meeting, "senior members of the Foreign Exchange Administration and Policy Department advised that due to lack of existing applicable laws, capital controls and the fact that Bitcoin straddles multiple financial facets... Bitcoin activities are illegal in Thailand".

5000 websites insulting royals shutdown by Thai police

posted onMarch 15, 2012
by l33tdawg

Authorities in Thailand have removed over 5000 webpages in the last three months with content deemed insulting to the royal family. Critics on the other hand, argue that this is just an excuse by the government to exercise harder censorship controls.

Those found guilty could face up to 15 years in prison, such as Wipas Raksakulthai, thought to be the first person charged with the crime after making a posting to Facebook.

Thai floods catapult Seagate into hard drive market lead

posted onMarch 1, 2012
by l33tdawg

Monsoonal flooding in Thailand last year helped Seagate Technology recapture the worldwide lead in hard disk drive shipments in the last quarter of 2011, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli.

Seagate passed former market leader Western Digital Corp., which suffered heavy losses in the devastating Thailand floods last year. Seagate claimed 38% of HDD market share, compared with Western Digital's 23%, according to the iSuppli report released today.

Thai prime minister's Twitter feed hacked

posted onOctober 3, 2011
by l33tdawg

The Twitter account of Thailand's prime minister was hacked on Sunday by someone posting criticism of her policies, a government official said.

The unknown hacker ended a series of at least eight postings on the account of Yingluck Shinawatra with a taunt: "If she can't even protect her own Twitter account, how can she protect the country? Think about it."