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Army chief says the military will make dissidents understand new computer law

Army commander-in-chief Gen Chalermchai Sithisart said today that the military would resort to explanation to dissenting groups of people on the recent passage of the amendment to the Computer Crime Act by the legislature after several government websites were attacked by hacktivists in protest of the legislation.

He said the military junta would try to make them understand of the law.

However if explanation fails and cyber attack continues then legal action will be dealt with these dissenting groups, he said.

He said as far as authorities have traced, most hackers are youths, and therefore the military will explain to them on what damage it will cause to the country for their acts.

He said the military has relevant agencies to monitor the attack and know which group is responsible for the attack on government and the military websites.

But he declined to elaborate, saying that relevant agencies will come out to reveal later.

He said the military junta's websites were also hacked, but nothing much was taken as the military has full preventive measures, although the attack has caused some disruption of information traffic.

He assured the financial website of the military was not affected.

Under the new law approved unanimously by the National Legislative Assembly, it will criminalize those distributing online information deemed disruptive to public safety and economic stability.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)