A Bulgarian hacker who once stole thousands of pounds from Bill Gates has been arrested in Zamboanga.
Bulgarian Konstantin Simeonov Kavrakov, aged 33, was previously arrested in April 2015 in Quezon City. How he escaped imprisonment or deportation is unknown.
The self-styled “king of the hackers” is part of a group that calls itself the “Super Hacker Bulgarian Group”.
He first gained notoriety for a cyber attack on bank accounts, including the Microsoft founder’s, in 2011. As a result he was jailed in Paraguay. It is believed he somehow managed to escape prison before making his way to the Philippines.
His most recent arrest came as he attempted to board a ferry to to Tawi-Tawi Island, where he said he “just wanted to see the monkeys and the sunset”.
Kavrakov has now been charged with drug possession, electronic fraud and falsification of documents.
Authorities seized a card-swiping machine and numerous cash cards. They also reported finding a sachet of suspected shabu, which Kavrakov claims was planted on him.
Kavrakov, who also has a standing warrant of arrest for a drug-related case in the Bahamas, has been denied bail.
The authorities were alerted to Kavrakov after he tried to board a ferry to Tawi-Tawi without proper documents.
The Bulgarian was reported to have come from Manila and made the rounds of Mindanao cities including Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, and Pagadian before arriving in Zamboanga on Monday, July 31.
Kavrakov is not the first Eastern European hacker to re-emerge after being arrested in the Philippines.
Just two weeks ago, on July 24, three men were arrested for allegedly hacking ATMs in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Among them was Romanian Petro Ioan Uveges, aged 44, who was previously arrested for ATM hacking in Mandaue City in November 2015. Again, it is not known how he escaped deportation or jail.
At the time of his arrest last month, he was carrying a Hungarian passport in the name of Balazs Varga. Uveges is reportedly married to a Filipino woman in Cebu City and has two children.