BANGKOK – A coalition of anonymous internet users known as Citizens Against Single Gateway last night warned private sector operations with IT systems linked to government servers to transfer them to safe places before the assault on government systems begins at 10am on Thursday.
Citizens Against Single Gateway announced they will launch attacks against the government beginning Thursday after the prime minister said the project to route all internet traffic through a single point of control is still alive, the Khaosod News reported.
Thailand F5 Cyber Army, issued the announcement yesterday after Prime Minister and junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha said agencies are still studying the project, and a widely circulated army intelligence report detailed efforts to monitor news sites, social media and “influential thinkers” threatening the nation.
Just last week, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology said at an economic forum the plan had been scrapped, with the government focused on moving forward with developing its digital economy policies.
“If a single gateway means we only have one door or one window, then there is no such thing,” Minister Uttama Savanayana said Thursday.
The Khoasod reports that online activists claim to have 20,000 members ready to join their campaign, with thousands being trained online. The statement expressed disappointment in the government’s handling of the issue and accused officials of insincerity.
“This is 2015, not 1857. The world has moved forward a long way,” read the statement published online yesterday. “…To block information from the outside world is no longer possible.”
Last night Facebook user “Somjate Pojananaan,” who helped to first bring the single gateway project to public attention, called attention to an intelligence report posted to the website of the Royal Thai Army. The report, from the first meeting of the Army Cyber Center, is a summary of the unit’s strategy, procedures and operations to counter what it identifies as online national security threats.
One slide in the report detailed the cyber unit’s monitoring of online influencers mapped together as a network threatening the nation. Another page identified news sites, social media platforms and chat applications targeted for “monitoring and inspection.”
After it came to attention last night, the file was briefly taken offline and then replaced with a version excluding those pages…. continue reading