Students express outrage online after university admissions body hack

A university testing body is trending on Thai Twitter on Thursday following the leak of student’s personal information on the dark web.

Students used the hashtag #แบนทปอ (banTCAS) to highlight their frustrations with the Thai University Central Admission System (TCAS) and their seeming incompetence.

The TCAS is a university admissions system through which Thai students must apply to enter state universities.

23,000 Thai students’ data which include names, national identification numbers, were put up for sale on a dark web marketplace.

The Council of University Presidents of Thailand (CUPT) has issued an apology on Wednesday and confirmed that there was leak of data from the previous year’s applicants.

Students said that the TCAS is a poorly performing body that has lax security and doesn’t work in the interest of the student body though it is well funded.

“You should provide students security, take responsibility for your own system,” one student said online.

“Doesn’t the future of the nation matter at all or are you happy with your inefficient system in which you are only waiting to receive the money.”

CUPT said that the system has been changed to a more efficient system to store the data since December and the case is now being investigated to find the offender.

Arunee Kasayanon, the deputy leader of the Pheu Thai Party, told reporters Thursday that TCAS must do more than an investigation and take responsibility for the leaked data.


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