Malaysia agrees to extradite 2 hacking suspects to US

Police said the two Malaysians, working as computer analysts, were arrested on Sept 14 with the help of Interpol.

PETALING JAYA: The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has sent an application to extradite two suspects involved in a wide-ranging hacking effort that encompassed targets from videogame developers to pro-democracy activists.

Bukit Aman, in a statement today, said the extradition request was sent on Sept 3.

“The Attorney-General’s Chambers has agreed to the application,” said Bukit Aman CID director Huzir Mohamed.

He said the application is in line with Extradition Act 1992, relating to the extradition of fugitive criminals.

The US on Wednesday had said it has charged five Chinese residents and two Malaysian businessmen involved in the hacking.

Huzir said the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court had issued a provisional warrant of arrest for the two suspects on Sept 11.

He added on Sept 14, at 8.45am, police and Interpol arrested the two Malaysian men who worked as computer analysts.

He said both the suspects were carrying out sale of gaming artifacts illegally, adding that the police forensics department has seized evidence and related material linked to their company in the US.