The sorry state of MICT’s Internet-Thai Visa

January 7, 2010

The state of Internet in Thailand:

Thai Govt’ blocks CNN, Yahoo finance, Facebook, Flickr and other American sites, Thai Immigration website reported as attack site

ThaiVisa: December 14, 2009

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Thai-Govt-Blocks-CNN-Yahoo-Financ-t321851.html

Thai Immigration website is reported as an attack site by Google and FireFox. Thaivisa has several times tried to contact with the IT section of the Immigration Bureau, but to no avail.

Internet access in Thailand is not always easy, and can be dangerous as well.

Last week the Bangkok post website was listed as an attack site by Google and Fire Fox. Recently the website of Thailand Immigration Bureau was found being reported as an “attack site”.

Of their 1376 pages Google tested on the Thai Immigartion site over the past 90 days, 133 pages resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-12-13, and the last time suspicious content was found on the site was on 2009-12-12.

Malicious software on the Thai Immigration website includes 49 exploits, 40 scripting exploits and 32 Trojans, according to Google and FireFox.

MICT blocking CNN, Facebook, Yahoo, Flickr for some users/ISP’s

On another note, The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology is today blocking websites hosted in USA.

Example of blocked sites as of this morning: edition.cnn.com, facebook.com, finance.yahoo.com, flickr.com

MICT is redirecting the blocked traffic to their website http://mict.go.th, and instead showing a portrait of HM the King of Thailand together with well wishes for His Majesty’s birthday.

Depending on the ISP some users do not face the reported problems. Discussion here: Internet forum branch

Using proxy servers and trying to circumvent government blocked websites is a criminal offense in Thailand.

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