Yingluck gives up on social media


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Yingluck and friend
Yingluck and friend

Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra's Twitter account was "hacked" on Sunday. Someone used the account to reel off a number of anti-government Tweets, which Saksith has translated on his blog. Among the most memorable are these two:

This country is a business. We serve our own, not the Thai people. We do this for those who support/sponsor us, not those who disagree with us.

If she cannot protect her own Twitter account, how can this country be protected then? Think about it…

Linking Yingluck's lacklustre defence of her Twitter account to her suitability to rule the country is rather silly, but in any case, the damage has been done and the account is currently suspended, which is to say that there's no reason why the Tweets couldn't be deleted and Yingluck and her team couldn't get back to Tweeting.

Officials from the Information and Communication Technology Ministry were immediately on the case and they have, apparently, uncovered many clues to help with the identification of the sneaky social media user who used Yingluck's account.

Perhaps due to the loss of face or simply not understanding that this isn't the end of the world, Yingluck has decided to call it a day on Twitter and stick solely to Facebook, which, in my mind, is a bit of a misstep. This from Bangkok Post:

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra decided to terminate her Twitter account @PouYingluck after it was hacked on Sunday, ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap said yesterday.

Anudith said there now was only one social-network channel that Yingluck still uses to communicate with the people, which is her Facebook page under the account Y.Shinawatra.

Hold onto your hats for some stating the obvious:

He said that personally, he thought the hacker might be a person who does not admire the government's policies rather than one who aims to discredit the government over its information-security protection.

In case you're wondering how Yingluck's account was hacked, this shed a little light on the matter, although not much:

He said this hacker stole the Yingluck's e-mail password and then passed it through the PM's Twitter account to change the passwords of both accounts.

He added that authorities had not overlooked investigation of the internal staff, since apart from the prime minister herself, there are team members familiar with the password.

It sounds like the user had unrestricted access to Yingluck's email account and had a new Twitter password sent to that account. How does one acquire a prime minister's email password? Simple. Get a job on Yingluck's team. It seems like it will be a simple enough case to wrap up and I hope Yingluck and her team get back on Twitter. In reality there hasn't been much damage done. Nobody has come up and claimed responsibility for it, but we'll see what happens in the coming days as the investigations progresses.

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