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Thailand's cybersecurity negligence causes personal data breaches

Data law delay blamed for accidental release of records of 106m tourists

Thailand's cybersecurity readiness is being questioned amid reports that tourists' personal details were recently exposed online. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/AP)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's cybersecurity readiness has come under question, after reports that tourists' personal details were recently exposed online, potentially hurting a much-needed recovery of the key sector.

The information of around 106 million visitors to Thailand was accessible to all on the internet, according to cybersecurity research firm Comparitech earlier this week. The database was discovered by Bob Diachenko, one of the company's researchers on Aug. 22. Thai authorities removed the data the next day, after being alerted by Diachenko.

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