Russian-Morrocan hacker 'Diabl0' arrested in Bangkok

Russian-Morrocan hacker 'Diabl0' arrested in Bangkok

Infamous Russian hacker Farid Essebar arrested Tuesday after two-year joint Thai-Swiss operation.

A police officer, left, talks to hacker Farid Essebar, right, who was arrested in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Photo by King-oua Laohong)


Infamous hacker caught in Bangkok


King-oua Laohong

Thai and Swiss police have arrested the $4 billion hacker Farid "Diabl0" Essebar [See Wikipedia], who attacked Windows, then got out of jail and cracked Swiss banks, following a joint operation between Thai and Swiss authorities who have been tracing the man for more than two years.

Mr Essebar was captured by officials from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), the Immigration Bureau, and the Office of the Attorney-General.

''We arrested the suspect at a condominium on Rama IV Road. Next Thailand will send him to Switzerland within 90 days in accordance with the extradition agreement,'' said Pol Col Songsak Raksaksakul, chief of the International Cases and International Crime Division.

The 27-year-old Russian citizen is wanted on a computer crime charges arrest warrant in Switzerland. He is accused of cracking banking computer systems and hacking bank websites in the country, causing damage worth more than US$4 billion or 128 billion baht to customers in Europe in 2011, the DSI official said.

Swiss police alerted Thai authorities to their hunt for the hacker through their embassy in Bangkok after receiving information that he and three other gang members had come to Thailand.

They were known to be travelling in and out of Thailand to Hong Kong and neighbouring countries throughout the past three years, he added.

DSI officials and police tracked Mr Essebar for about two years until they were certain that he was the one on the wanted list by Switzerland.

Mr Essebar and his accomplices spent money in several tourist destinations around the country but never gambled or bought any assets in Thailand, Pol Col Songsak said.

Mr Essebar, also known as Diabl0, has a Wikipedia entry on his hacking exploits.

He and another person spread the Zotob computer worm targeting Windows 2000 in 2005. The computer virus disrupted operations at CNN, ABC News, the New York Times, Caterpillar, United Parcel Service, Boeing and the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Mr Essebar was arrested by the FBI and convicted of hacking. He spent one year in prison before being released, Pol Col Songsak said.

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  • accomplice: a person who helps someone else to commit a crime or to do something morally wrong - ผู้สมรู้ร่วมคิด
  • accused: to be said to have done something wrong or committed a crime - ถูกกล่าวหา
  • alert: a warning to people to be prepared to deal with something dangerous - การเตือนให้ระวัง
  • arrest warrant: a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone - หมายจับ
  • arrested: caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime - ถูกจับกุม
  • asset: a thing of value - สิ่งที่มีคุณค่า
  • Attorney-General: the top legal officer in some countries, who advises the leader of the government - อัยการสูงสุด
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • capture: to catch someone or something; to take someone as a prisoner - จับ, จับกุม
  • certain: sure - แน่ใจ, แน่นอน
  • charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
  • citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 
  • convicted: having been proven guilty of a crime by a court of law - ต้องโทษ, ได้รับการพิสูจน์ว่าข้อกล่าวหามีความผิดจริง
  • crack: to break into - ทำลาย (สถิติ)
  • Department of Special Investigation: DSI; a police department investigating serious crimes involving influential people, organised crime, or crimes using highly sophisticated technology - กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ
  • destination: the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง
  • embassy: a building where a group of officials work who represent their government in a foreign country - สถานทูต
  • exploit: a brave, exciting or interesting act - พฤติการณ์ที่กล้าหาญ, การกระทำที่กล้าหาญ
  • extradition: sending someone accused of a crime back to the country where the crime was committed for trial or punishment - การส่งผู้ร้ายข้ามแดน
  • gamble: to take an action that involves risks but will bring important benefits if it is successful - เสี่ยงโชค, เสี่ยงทาย
  • gang (noun): a group of criminals who work together; a group of young people who spend time together causing trouble - แก๊ง, กลุ่มโจร
  • hack: to secretly find a way of looking at and/or changing information on somebody else's computer system without permission - เจาะเข้าโปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์อย่างผิดกฎหมาย
  • hacker: a person who secretly finds a way of looking at and/or changing information on somebody else's computer system without permission - ผู้ที่มีความชำนาญในการใช้คอมพิวเตอร์ไปในทางที่ผิดกฎหมาย เช่น แอบขโมยข้อมูลจากคอมพิวเตอร์ในเครือข่าย
  • in accordance with: following a rule, system or agreement; also in line with and consistent with - สอดคล้องกับ
  • infamous (adj): well known for something bad - เสียชื่อ, น่าอับอาย, น่าขายหน้
  • international: connected with or involving two or more countries - นานาชาติ, สากล, ระหว่างประเทศ
  • joint: done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people - ที่ร่วมกัน, ความร่วมมือกัน
  • member: a person, a country or an organization that has joined a particular group, club or team - สมาชิก
  • operation: a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers - การปฏิบัติการ
  • prison: a place where criminals are put to stay for a period of time as punishment for a crime - คุก, ,เรือนจำ
  • release: to let someone leave a place where they have been kept, such as a hospital or prison - ปล่อยตัว
  • suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
  • target (noun): an object, person, business, building, area, etc., that someone intends to attack, deal with or find - เป้าหมาย
  • trace: to follow the same route or path that someone else used before - ตามรอย ตามทาง
  • track (verb): to try to follow and find someone or something - ตามรอย
  • wanted list: the list of suspected criminals that the police are looking for to arrest -
  • worm: computer worm; a computer virus that spreads computer to computer without any human action taking advantage of file or information transport features on a computer -
  • worth: having a value in money, etc - มีค่า, มีมูลค่า
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