Two CNRP Facebook pages were hacked yesterday and were allegedly being administered by “anonymous people”, according to a party press release.
The brief press release included few details, other than saying two Facebook pages – one the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s main page, and another called “CNRP TV Online” – had been breached by unknown operators. However, both pages appeared normal as of last night.
Deputy opposition leader Mu Sochua referred questions to the official in charge of handling the pages, who initially said they would provide information, but then couldn’t be reached.
The hacks are just the latest in a string of such attacks against the opposition. Multiple senior CNRP members’ email accounts have been hacked – including Sovann’s in early April – but were never investigated.
The hacking of email accounts, Facebook pages and websites of politicians, government bodies and prominent figures is common in Cambodia. As the official campaigning period for the June 4 commune elections kicked off in May, the Ministry of Justice and one of its spokesmen’s Facebook pages were hacked by unknown perpetrators, who used the pages to share posts of opposition campaign events.