A 27-year-old Moroccan man with Russian citizenship known on the hacking scene as Diabl0, is now under arrest in Thailand on suspicion of being involved in cyber attacks against Swiss financial organizations.
Police arrested Farid Essebar after Swiss police alerted Thai authorities through the embassy in Bangkok about the hacker and three other members of his gang being in Thailand, according to a report in the Bangkok Post.
In Switzerland, Essebar stands accused of hacking into the computer systems of several banks, causing damage estimated at around $4 billion (€2.87 billion).
Police in Thailand have been tracking Diabl0 for the past two years. Apparently, they wanted to make sure he’s the man wanted by Swiss authorities before arresting him. Police said Essebar visited Thailand, Hong Kong and other neighboring countries several times in the past years.
Police Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul, chief of the International Cases and International Crime Division of the Department of Special Investigation, said Essebar never gambled and never purchased any assets in Thailand, despite visiting a number of tourist destinations.
Diabl0 first ended up arrested in 2005 by Moroccan authorities. He ended up sentenced for his involvement in the creation of Zotob, a notorious worm that infected computers, including the ones of organizations like CNN, ABC News, NYT, Boeing and the US Department of Homeland Security.
He received a sentence of two years, but ended up released after one.