This morning, Crime Suppression Division police arrested the alleged leader of a French hacker group, wanted for demanding ransom from a British bank in exchange for keeping their 1,400 customers’ data secure.
Working with the French Embassy, Thai police finally captured French national Jonathan Verron, 25, at his home on Koh Samui at 5am today. In a search of his property, authorities seized a quantity of marijuana, a computer, phone, and bank books, Bangkok Biz News reported.
Verron, who has been hiding out in Thailand for the past two years, is wanted on charges of the hacking and extortion of an unidentified British financial institution. He’s also suspected of trading drugs and military hardware on the dark web.
Facebook photos seen by Coconuts Bangkok appear to show him with a local wife and a baby.
He allegedly worked with two other accomplices in France, who are now in police custody.
Thai police plan to prosecute him on drugs charges before extraditing him to the France.