Student arrested in hacking of Thai PM’s account

BANGKOK (AP) ? Thai authorities have arrested a university student who reportedly confessed to hacking the Twitter account of the country’s prime minister.

Police say Ekkavit Tongdeeworakul, 22, turned himself in Wednesday. They say he hijacked Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s account on Sunday to post several tweets accusing her government of incompetence and cronyism. Ekkavit is an architecture student at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.

Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap says Ekkavit is accused of violating the Computer Crime Act by illegally accessing computer data and could face up to two years in prison. Anudith said he preferred not to reveal how the account was hacked.