Thai Officials confirmed the hack of prison surveillance cameras and the video broadcast

Pierluigi Paganini December 27, 2019

Authorities in Thailand are investigating a cyber attack that resulted in the broadcast of surveillance video from inside a prison in the country’s south.

Local media reported that hackers broke into the surveillance system at Lang Suan prison in the southern province of Chumphon, the video was broadcast live on YouTube for several hours.

The video was published on Tuesday by an account named “BigBrother’s Gaze,” the images from several cameras showed prisoners’ operations.

“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.” reported the BangkokPost.

“Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said the Corrections Department had informed him of the incident. Authorities still did not know how the recording was leaked.”

According to the Corrections Department official, the attack was carried out by an unknown hacker from outside Thailand, the Department of Special Investigation is still investigating into the incident.

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Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin was concerned incident may have violated the rights of prisoneers.

The CCTV systems in Thai prisons were installed by a private company and the surveillance video system is connected online to allow authorized officials to monitor the situation inside the prison.

The incident raises the question of the security of IoT devices, smart devices are under incessant attacks of hackers and botnet.

“Corrections Department Director-General Police Col. Narat Sawettanan ordered the prison to turn off the surveillance camera system and investigate the incident. He also ordered the prison commander to file a complaint with the police.” reported the AP agency.

The video, named “Thai Bangkok prison Security Came live,” was not available on Wednesday.

The same Youtube account, the Big Brother’s Gaze, also shows leaked CCTV prison footage from surveillance video systems in other countries, including Russia, Australia, and the United States.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – Iran, hacking)

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