The website of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology was down Wednesday night for several hours after the attack of the website by netizens to protest against the government’s planned launch of the single gateway to control access to all websites.
Thousands of internet users answered the call on social media and brought down at least three Thai government websites on Wednesday night by flooding them in a citizens’ “denial of service” attack.
The Thai Netizen Network and netizens opposed to the single gateway plan have urged netizens to simultaneously access to the ICT’s website at 10 pm by means of “DdoS” and press the F5 key on the keyboard for refresh.
Accroding to the Bangkok Post report, Sites affected as of early Wednesday were the main government information website thaigov.go.th, the ICT ministry’s site at mict.go.th and the defence ministry’s website, mod.go.th.
After the attack, Thairath News reported that the Crime Suppression Division of the Thai Police announced that attackers of the government websites could be charged under Article 10 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act for such action.
The police added that they are capable of tracking down the identities of people who took part in the online attack.
In brief, Article 10 of the Computer Crime Code stipulates that any person who illegally commits any act that causes the working of a third party’s computer system to be suspended, delayed, hindered or disrupted to the extent that the computer system fails to operate normally shall be subject to imprisonment for no longer than five years or a fine of not more than one hundred thousand baht or both.
The cabinet under Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, last month gave the green light to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and relevant agencies to push ahead with the process to implement a single gateway internet system before the end of the 2015 budget year.
Opponents to the plan idea say it will restrict even further freedom of information in Thailand, with some even comparing it to the grip of a communist country like China.
A change.org petition opposing the single gateway initiative passed 100,000 signatures as of Wednesday.
Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand
Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.
How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?
– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability
A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.
The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.
Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.
In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.
While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.
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