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19 March 2014 :: 17:03:46 pm 83287

Hacker To Be Extradited To Switzerland For 4 Billion Dollar Scam

The officers of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Immigration Bureau together arrested a world-renowned Russian hacker in Bangkok.
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The Swiss government have asked for him to be extradited back to Switzerland, where the crimes were committed. With some fellow hackers, he was able to modify the websites of some financial institutions, which enabled them to syphon customer’s monies, managing to steal up to 4 billion UD dollars.

BANGKOK – March 18, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; Pol.Col. Songsak Raksaksakul [Commissioner of the Office of Foreign Affairs and International Crime, Department of Special Investigation (DSI)] stated that his office had worked together with the Immigration Bureau and the Office of The Attorney-General to arrest the gang in cooperation with the National Police Bureau of Switzerland. The group was made up of a Moroccan and two Russians. In 2011 it’s believed that the hackers stole from over 1000 victims. The customers had used their private passwords to access what they believed to be legitimate websites, but the funds were hijacked by the gang.

Pol.Col. Songsak said that the gang had spent lavishly in both Bangkok and Pattaya on excursions and hotels. One of the 3 defendants was identified as Mr Farid Essebbar, aged 27, of Russian nationality. He had arrived in Thailand 4 years ago, and spent time tripping to Hong Kong and other nearby destinations for visas. He had previously been arrested by the FBI when he was 18 years old, when he began his hacking career, and was jailed for a year at that point.

DSI officers and Pol.Col. Thikhamporn Srisang (Superintendent) of the Investigation Division of the Immigration Bureau had been tracking Mr Essebar for the past 2 years, until eventually the courts approved an arrest warrant and extradition papers. Mr Essebar will be prosecuted in Switzerland for his crimes, but not until he has spent up to 90 days in a Thai prison.

Pol.Col. Songsak said that the arrest of Mr Essebar took place at a condominium in the area of Rama IX road, Bangkok. In his possession at the time were 2 notebook computers and 1 mobile phone. The defendant confessed to the charges. He said he had used the victim’s information to make financial transactions such as internet banking, and reserving palatial hotel suites wherever he went. He consented to being extradited to Switzerland.

According to the commissioner of the Office of Foreign Affairs: “Mr Essebar is a well-documented character, with his own Wikipedia page. He is famed for having hacked the Windows 2000 operating system, affecting companies like Boeing and the US Homeland Security department. Apparently Mr Essebar did not spend money gambling or buying properties here in Thailand. He would only buy first class airline tickets here, and would use the agency service to reserve the hotels, to prevent the police tracking him”.

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