ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

RBP's website hacked. Time to reconsider online SCS?

The official website of Royal Bhutan Police ( was broken into. One of the pages displays a "We Love Iran" message, signed by "Ashiyane Digital Security Team".
Bhutan is of course not the only nation whose government websites are targeted by hackers. Hence, is must seriously consider how to minimize the risks involved in online government services, and specifically über-sensitive ones such as RBP's much-talked-about Security Clearance Service (currently under testing only).

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