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Thai PM's Twitter account hacked

world Updated: Oct 02, 2011 19:19 IST

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Thailand's first woman Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's 'Twitter' account has been hacked, a government spokesperson said.

According to government spokeswoman Thitima Chaisaeng, Prime Minister Shinawatra's account was hacked into Sunday morning, and the Information and Communication Technology Ministry is investigating into the matter.

In fact, the Thai PM's Twitter account has been used to post questions about her competence, particularly in regard to her handling of the recent floods that killed some 40 people and rendered nearly 1.5 million people homeless.

At least eight false tweets accused her of cronyism and various failures. One questioned her promise to give tablet computers to school children, suggesting she concentrate on education reform instead.

"This country is a business. We work for our allies, not for the Thai people. We work for those who support us, not those who differ with us," another read.

The final post read: "If she can't even protect her own Twitter account, how can she protect the country?"

Yingluck won a clear victory in July, but is accused by her critics of being a puppet of her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra who was thrown out of office in a 2006 military coup.