Nearly 800 desperate migrants from Burma and Bangladesh were rescued from a sinking vessel by fishermen off Indonesia’s coast on Friday as the boat people crisis in south-east Asia continued to escalate.
Human Rights Watch condemned Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia for playing a deadly game of “human ping pong” in refusing to allow more dangerously overladen boats carrying thousands fleeing poverty and persecution to land on their shores.
A car bomb exploded at a shopping mall on a Thai island popular with foreign tourists for its pristine beaches, injuring seven people, officials said on Saturday.
The improvised bomb was hidden in a pickup truck and went off late Friday night on the basement level of the shopping Central Festival mall on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, after a fashion show, the island’s disaster prevention and mitigation chief Poonsak Sophonpathumrak told The Associated Press.
Thai authorities have banned former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office for five years and launched a legal case that could see her jailed.
An army-appointed legislature impeached her over corruption in a scheme she oversaw to subsidise rice farmers.
Recently, Verizon was caught tampering with its customer’s web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks. In recent months, researchers have reported ISPs in the US and Thailand intercepting their customers’ data to strip a security flag—called STARTTLS—from email traffic. The STARTTLS flag is an essential security and privacy protection used by an email server to request encryption when talking to another server or client.1
Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij was arrested Monday at the Thailand-Laos border after five years of avoiding incarceration for his conviction in Sweden of illegally sharing copyright-protected files, according to news reports.
Neij was among the Pirate Bay co-founders found guilty in 2009 of having made 33 copyright-protected files accessible for illegal file sharing.
The Pirate Bay, which launched in Sweden in 2003, has enabled mass sharing of files and content such as movies, regardless of copyright status.