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Wanted Algerian hacker suspect is arrested in Thailand

From Bangkok to banged up
Tue Jan 08 2013, 09:47
A man behind bars

AN ALLEGED CYBER CRIMINAL has been arrested in Thailand and is due to be handed over to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Hamza Bendelladj, 24, has been in the FBI's wanted book for the past three years, according to the BBC, and is moving from its wanted file to its appointments pages. He was picked up by the Thai police as he entered the country on his way to Egypt.

Bendelladj is a computer science graduate who has worked at hacking banks and businesses for at least three years. Bendelladj allegedly cost the organisations that he is accused on attacking millions in losses, and apparently this has enabled him to live a lavish, airmile filled lifestyle.

According to the Thai police quoted in the Bangkok Post, Bendelladj had a lot of money to spend. "With just one transaction he could earn 10 to 20 million dollars," said lieutenant general Phanu. "He's been travelling the world flying first class and living a life of luxury."

"When asked what he did with the money, he said he spent it on travelling...  like flying first class and staying in luxury places," immigration police chief Pharnu Kerdlarpphon told the BBC.

Bendelladj will be extradited to the US. µ


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