Offers to help police track down the 'real culprit' behind hacking
A man who turned himself in to police yesterday denied having anything to do with hacking into the PM’s Office Ministry’s website or posting rude remarks against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Meanwhile, the “Unlimited Hack Team”, which was mentioned in the hacking, posted a message on Facebook yesterday saying that Narongrit Suksarn, aka “Lek Window 98 SE”, was not a member of the group and that it had no part in the hacking. The message said “only mad people” would mention them in an attack like this.
‘Framed by enemies’
The 29-year-old computer programmer said he had reported to the Crime Suppression Division of the National Police in order to prove his innocence. He said he been framed by his enemies, citing a previous conflict with the “Unlimited Hack Team”, which challenged him to hack into their website and he succeeded in doing so.
He said he was reporting to the police in order to provide them with tips on identifying the real hacker. Narongrit went on to explain that though most hackers camouflaged themselves, they do leave behind certain clues that can be traced. The most important thing, he said, is to understand the method used to hack the system and then to follow up on this lead.
“There has been some talk in hackers’ circles about another job being completed. Hackers regularly break into different websites, be it government or private, such as the Channel 3 website that was hacked earlier. However, I insist that I have nothing to do with this attack,” he said.
Police said that Narongrit was not being treated as a suspect at present and no charges have been brought against him.
He has just been “invited” to meet the officers and provide them with leads, they said.
However, Narongrit’s home has been searched and his personal computer confiscated to check on all digital traces. Police are also keeping a close eye on 20 other hackers.
Police said they believed that using one hacker to catch another will eventually bear fruit, adding that the culprit could get up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than Bt100,000 under the Computer Crimes Act.
In a related development, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said nobody should come to any conclusions yet about whether or not the attack is politically motivated.
He also promised to inform the public right away if there are any new developments.