The Bangkok Post, a prominent news website, was among the victims of a ransomware attack that caused its website to be inaccessible for a significant portion of the day. The attack, described as rare, affected not only the Bangkok Post but also hundreds of other internet service users. Internet Thailand (Inet) Plc, the service provider, revealed that this was the first time they experienced such a cybersecurity incident of this magnitude.
According to Inet, the ransomware attack targeted their hypervisor management system and impacted around 300 out of their 2,500 clients. Inet worked diligently to restore services to the affected parties and aimed to have full restoration completed by the end of the day. Inet’s CEO, Morragot Kulatumyotin, expressed that this incident required the restoration of clients’ systems on a scale they had not encountered before.
Inet’s deputy managing director, Wanchai Vach-shevadumrong, explained that the attack occurred when a hacker obtained an employee’s credentials while the employee was working remotely.
Despite the breach, Wanchai assured customers that their data would not be lost as the company had backup and restore systems in place. By 6 pm, Inet had already restored 95% of clients’ systems, and they expected to achieve full restoration by the end of the day.
This ransomware attack and its public disclosure mark a significant event in Thailand, shedding light on the growing cybersecurity threats faced by organizations in the country. Inet’s swift response and efforts to restore services demonstrate their commitment to their clients’ security and data protection.