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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

T-Bank's Website Hacked

Websites in Bhutan are currently under a "hacking crunch". The current victim is T-Bank, one of the country's four commercial banks, whose homepage was hacked a few days ago. Visitors currently receive a "WEBSITE UNDER MAINTENANCE" message, and the page title is "Hacked by H4M4_rEmOeEr".

In addition, the following text appears in the page's source code:
Fuck Gov, right-click has been disabled
You can still access the site's other pages, for example the "Accounts & Deposits" page is still here.

If you're accessing your T-Bank account online, note that the Internet Banking Terms and Conditions contain the following clause:

The customer specifically agrees to hold T BANK harmless from any and all claims and agrees that T BANK shall not be liable for any loss, actual or perceived, caused directly or indirectly by government restriction, market regulation, war, strike, virus attack, equipment failure, communication line failure, system failure, data corruption, security failure on the internet, unauthorized access, hacking, theft or any problems technological or otherwise or other condition beyond T BANK’s control, that might prevent the customer from entering or T BANK from executing an instruction, order or direction. Customer further agrees that customer will not be compensated by T BANK for the orders, instructions or directions which could not be executed.
My recommendation: Until the level of information security in Bhutan improves, make sure that your bank account is not enabled for Internet transactions.

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