The hacking collective Anonymous claimed responsibility for shutting down 14 Thailand police websites on Tuesday to protest the death sentences of two Myanmar migrant workers convicted of murdering two British tourists.
Anonymous posted a 37 minute video to its Facebook page on 3 January accusing the Thai police of using the migrant workers as scapegoats to quickly close the case in order to protect the country's tourist industry. The group also accused the Thai government of mishandling evidence and using intimidation and torture methods to quickly convict and execute foreigners in this and other cases involving the deaths of tourists and added that the parents of victims should pressure authorities to better examine evidence.
The Thai police confirmed that the attacks did take place adding the hack did not compromise any confidential information, according to Reuters.However, there is no third-party confirmation that Anonymous was behind the attack.
"They're not good enough to hack into our system and steal any of our data," police spokesman Dechnarong Suthicharnbancha told the wire service.
Anonymous also posted on its Facebook page the email addresses of what appear to be Thai police officials offering users a chance to “crack” the police email.
The verdicts sparked anger and protest in Myanmar where hundreds gathered outside the Thai embassy to demand the release of the two.