[Event] Parasite in Your Phone: Thai Pro-Democracy Activists Today, Thai Citizens Tomorrow?

In November, 2021, many Thai nationals received an email from Apple alerting them that their iPhones were being targeted by a state-sponsored attacker. All of them, despite having a diverse background, had one thing in common: they were prominent critics of the current regime and had open roles in the youth-led protests that rocked the country with their demands for political and royal reform.

They later learned that they had fallen prey to Pegasus, a highly sophisticated spyware produced by the Israel-based cybersecurity company NSO Group. Pegasus is licensed only to government agencies and requires the approval of the Israeli government. Unlike a minor scam, Pegasus boasts the ability to perform “zero-click” attacks, which do not require luring the target into clicking on malicious links.

In this event, iLaw, together with DigitalReach and the Citizen Lab, will present the findings of our ongoing investigation into various individuals who have been infected with Pegasus. The investigation discovered that the timeline of possible infection dates is linked to the period in which the pro-democracy movement peaked in 2020-2021. A panel discussing Pegasus’s victims will be followed by a consideration of the next moves that Thai civil society could take to protect our rights to privacy under the authoritarian regime in Thailand.

VENUE: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) (map)

DATE: July 18th, 2022 (Monday)
10.00 – 12.30 (GMT+7) Bangkok, Jakarta, Hanoi, Phnom Penh
9.30 – 12.00 (GMT+6) Yangon
11.00 – 1.30 (GMT+8) Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur


10.00 – 10.45: Presentation on Findings on Pegasus Attacks in Thailand

John Scott-Railton, Citizen Lab
Ruchapong Chamjirachaikul, iLaw
Anon Chawalawan, iLaw

Moderator: Ploy Chanprasert, DigitalReach

10.45 – 11.15: Q&A

11.15 – 12.15 Panel Discussion: When We Know Big Brother Is Watching

Puangthong Pawakapan, Lecturer at Chulalongkorn University
Sarinee Achavanuntakul, Member of Thai Netizen Network
Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration
Piyarat Chongthep, We Volunteer

Moderator: Yingcheep Atchanont, iLaw

12.15 – 12.30 Q&A

Note: this event will be in Thai with simultaneous translation into English.

The whole event is also live-streamed on both iLaw and FCCT’s Facebook pages.

iLaw’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/iLawClub
FCCT’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FCCThailand

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