Thai Hacker Surrenders to Police

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On Wednesday, a Thai computer hacker who is accused of stealing and attempting to sell the personal information of nearly every Thai citizen turned himself in to the police after evading arrest for several weeks.

The suspect, identified as Sgt. Maj. Khemarat Boonchuay, arrived at the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau in Bangkok accompanied by his wife for questioning. As of the time of publication, the suspect remained silent during police questioning.

Khemarat is a soldier serving in the the army and was identified by authorities as the individual behind this online nickname “9Near”. Khemarat had previously threatened to disclose personal information of 55 million Thai citizens, which was believed to have been stolen from the government’s vaccination application.

Sgt. Maj. Khemarat Boonchuay. Photo credit:

The method by which the hacker gained access to the database and his underlying motives remain uncertain. Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, the Digital Economy Minister, dismissed suggestions that the suspect was driven by political motivations and stated that his actions were simply an attempt to gain notoriety.

It seems that the Thai army is trying to disassociate themselves from the hacker, stating that he acted on his own and not in an official capacity. Following the issuance of an arrest warrant, the suspect was suspended from his active duties.

Mohamed Nabil Ali

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