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The websites of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the CAT Telecom collapsed for several hours after Internet users joined forces to manually attack the two government websites to show their strong opposition to the government’s single gateway initiative.
ICT website was down first since 7 pm last night before the scheduled 10 pm “war of freedom” campaign when Thai Internet users began what was known as the DDoS (denial of service) attack against the ICT website (www.mict.go.th).
“Internal Server Error” or “This webpage is not available” would come out when browsed the ICT website since 7 pm last night.
The website was down hours before the scheduled attack at 10 pm to retaliate the government’s plan to launch a single gateway to control access to all websites in an attempt to monitor the flow of information from abroad.
The campaign urged Internet users to go to the address and refresh the page continuously by pressing F5 on the keyboard ceaselessly, according to The Nation.
As of 11 pm, the ICT website was still inaccessible.
Access to other government website was also very slow, such aswww.thaigov.go.th and www.center.isocthai.go.th.
Meanwhile CAT Telecom website also became the second target after ICT with Thai Internet users launching DDoS (denial of service) attack against after the first attack was a success.
Earlier at 8.30 pm last night a message was spread on the social network thanking the Internet users for the manual attack on the ICT website which it said was a success.
It then called on the Thai netizens to storm CAT Telecom website as the second target at 9 pm.
CAT website was then down an hour after with blank page and an error message instead.
The message also targeted Government House official website, and ISOC website as the next targets saying the government could not even protect itself from attack, so how could it protect the people.
Meanwhile The Nation quoted government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd as saying last night that the collapse of ICT website was possibly caused by those who wanted to express their opposition against the single gateway initiative idea.
“I have no information about that but I guess that the problem could happen when many people entered the site simultaneously. It’s like a symbol [of protest],” The Nation quoted the spokesman as saying.
He insisted the single gateway initiative was just in a study process and not implement yet.