9near hacker surrenders, being quizzed


AN ARMY officer whose alias is 9near and had hacked and obtained personal data of 55 million Thais which he intended to sell online was brought by a team of soldiers to surrender to Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB), or cyber police, this morning (Apr. 12), Thai Rath and Naewna newspapers said.

Sergeant Major 2nd Class (SM2) Khemarat Boonchuay was accompanied by a lawyer in surrendering and after questioning will be taken into custody at a military prison for legal action at the military court.

The suspect’s unidentified girlfriend too is being questioned but separately in a different room to find out her possible connection to this cyber crime. Pol. Lt. Gen. Worawat Watnakornbancha, cyber police chief, and Pol. Maj. Gen. Pairoj Sukruaythanachot, the deputy chief, are interrogating the two of them.

This army officer is very knowledgeable and tech savvy and had invested a lot of money in purchasing many hacking tools and equipment found in his room which the police have now seized.

Reporters from many news outlets thronged the cyber crime police headquarters in Nonthaburi as the public is very interested in this case with the suspect also believed to be acquainted with politicians.


SM2 Khemarat Boonchuay after his surrender this morning, April 12, 2023. Photo: Thai Rath

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