The Thai government has suffered another hacking attack from the infamous hacktivist group, Anonymous; it has been reported.
Reports published by the Anonymous group and multiple other sources indicate that the recent hacking has resulted in the loss of data of thousands of accounts related to government departments in Thailand.
It is not clear what motivated the recent attack, but the Anonymous group has said that it was motivated by the need to fight the Thai regime for passing laws that inhibit the digital privacy rights of individuals in Thailand.
‘We did not do that (the hacking) to draw attention to ourselves, we did it to help people fight for their rights,’ the group said in a post.
It has been reported that the recent hacking targeted the job-related domains of several government departments in Thailand.
The hacking group deliberately targeted the data of millions of users who have applied for government jobs in the various departments of the Thai government in the recent past.
The hackers are said to have managed to access a trove of data detailing the personal information of all the individuals who have applied for government jobs in Thailand. The group is also said to have gained access to information about government employees, salary scales and other sensitive pieces of information related to public recruitment and remuneration of public employees of the various departments of the Thai government.
It is not clear why the group then decided only to leak a small percentage of the stolen data in the dark web. The group says that it chose not to leak all the personal identifying information of the Thai citizens whose records are held in the affected government departments because it does not intend to fight the citizens.
However, it has been verified that the small percentage of data that the group leaked to the dark web is genuine.
For several years now, Anonymous has been actively conducting hacking attacks against the Thai government in what the group describes as a campaign against attempts by the Thai government to introduce regulations that inhibit the digital privacy rights of individuals in the country.