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Hacked security footage from cramped Thai prison posted on YouTube

Hacked security footage from cramped Thai prison posted on YouTube

THAILAND: The security camera system at Lang Suan prison in the southern province of Chumphon has been hacked and footage showing inmates living in overcrowded conditions posted on YouTube.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 26 December 2019, 10:01AM


An image captured from hacked CCTV footage posted on YouTube shows an overcrowded cell in Lang Suan prison in Chumphon province. Image via Bangkok Post.

An image captured from hacked CCTV footage posted on YouTube shows an overcrowded cell in Lang Suan prison in Chumphon province. Image via Bangkok Post.

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said the Corrections Department had informed him of the incident. Authorities still did not know how the recording was leaked. He was quick to point out that similar incidents had happened in other countries, including Australia and Russia.

The minister said he told the department to file a police complaint, and assigned the Department of Special Investigation to find out how it happened and who was responsible.

He was concerned the leak may have violated the rights of inmates.

A source in the Justice Ministry said the CCTV systems in Thai prisons were installed by private-sector contractors through a procurement process. The system is connected to the internet to give authorised individuals access to real-time viewing. Prison chiefs and senior officials can view the live CCTV footage on their smartphones.

The minister said it was possible the access code was leaked to outsiders, who then accessed the system and posted the recording on YouTube, damaging the reputation of Thai prisons as the footage shows the overcrowded conditions.

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The video, labelled “Thai Bangkok prison Security Came live” was posted on Youtube on Tuesday (Dec24). It showed claimed real-time footage from several locations in Lang Suan Prison, showing the daily lives of inmates.

However, authorities pointed out “live-footage” was in fact two hours behind.

A source said it appeared the prison’s CCTV system was hacked on Monday night.

The YouTube account of the hacker named Big Brother’s Gaze also shows leaked CCTV prison footage from countries including Russia, Australia and the United States.

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Kurt | 26 December 2019 - 12:22:46

Photos damaging reputation of thai prisons?  Not at all, just confirming it. Already known long time.  Oh oh, they are so angry now that the world is seeing all this. It is how all thai prison 'living conditions' are inside. Wake up Thai Government, 'Smart' goes viral, world wide. Try to understand anno 2020 nothing can kept quiet or hidden anymore.

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