Thailand approves credit card hacker's extradition to US

The Malaysian man and associates reportedly caused US$150 million in losses

A Thai court has approved the extradition to the U.S. of a Malaysian man allegedly involved in hacking credit card information, causing massive losses for victims in the U.S.

Gooi Kokseng will first be held in Thailand for 30 days in case he decides to appeal the court ruling, an employee at Thailand's Office of the Attorney General said by phone Monday.

Kokseng, forty-four years old and also known by the alias Delpiero, is a suspected member of a crime ring that has caused more than 5 billion baht (US$150 million) in losses through hacking aimed at the U.S. and Southeast Asia, according to a report in the Bangkok Post.

The man was arrested in Thailand after U.S. authorities filed a request with the Thai foreign ministry, the report said. He could be imprisoned for over a year if convicted, the paper said in another report.

Major cybercrime cases often span national borders. The U.S. Department of Justice, for instance, last year extradited two Romanians to the U.S. to face charges tied to a major phishing scam. And the Federal Bureau of Investigation has started embedding agents with law enforcement agencies in Estonia, Ukraine and the Netherlands to help investigate international cybercrimes.

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