CYBER police have arrested an army sergeant on the charges of using the alias 9near to hack and then threaten to release personal data of 55 million Thai citizens, Thai Rath newspaper said today (Apr. 7).
The suspect, only identified as Mr. Khemarat who is a resident of Nonthaburi, had obtained the name and surname, ID card number, date of birth, address and phone number of this many people and had then posted the content for sale.
Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB), or cyber police, had collected evidence against him before obtaining an arrest warrant from the court last Sunday (Apr. 2)
The suspect is currently serving as a non-commissioned army officer in Nonthaburi and is closely connected to a well-known politician.
His commanding officer was alerted about the suspect and he was brought to surrender to the police.
Khemarat’s wife who is a nurse at a hospital in Chaeng Wattana was brought in to question whether the hacking was deliberate or an impetuous action as claimed.
Top: Representative image of a hacker. Photo: Thai Rath
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