The Thai government attempts to hack into ZCoin founder’s email account


The founder of ZCoin platform, Poramin Insom, has shared that the Google alert system has notified him of an attempt by Thai government to hack his e-mail box. On Friday, Poramin Insom wrote in a Facebook post sharing with his followers that a special Google service had notified him about an attempt of Thai government-backed hackers to get at his e-mail box. He also wrote that this may have been a reaction of the Thai authorities to Insom’s participation in the recent government’s failure to control the actions of local dissidents.

Take a look at the Facebook posting in the picture below:

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Quite similar to China, censorship within Thailand is strong, the dissatisfied are prosecuted almost immediately. Last year, a local rap band dubbed “Rap Against Dictatorship” made a same-name single that heavily criticized the Thai government: corruptions among its members, censorship, and other aspects of its ruling. The video quickly became viral on YouTube, getting over 30 mln views in less than a month.

As predicted, the government moved quick to take action about this. The head of the national Thai police made a public statement, threatening the band with possible prosecution. There were also reports that the Thai government attempted to have the video removed from YouTube. And here is when ZCoin and its founder step in.

ZCoin’s involvement

An unknown fan of the abovementioned video and hater of the That authorities managed to save the video on the ZCoin network, embedding it in a ZCoin transaction. This was the first use case of blockchain of the kind, globally and immediately got into papers. Therefore, the founder of ZCoin platform and protocol became the center of attention for the Thai government.

An alert like this says that the account is not necessarily hacked or hijacked. However, it does recommend to conduct some basic actions on securing the account, such as changing the password.

This is actually a warning system that Google implemented almost 10 years ago to warn users of “unknown activities” and “logins”.

Until today, corruption and censorship is still a major issue in Thailand. It doesn’t just impact the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Most industries including traditional business aren’t too happy with this either.

 


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Edith Muth

Edith Yue is CryptoMeNow's analyst. She loves to do intensive research on how blockchain will make an impact in our society. You can contact Edith at Edith@cryptomenow.com

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