The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested Hamza Bendelladj, a 24-year-old computer science graduate, for allegedly hacking into banks, after trailing him for three years.
Hamza Bendelladj who is from Algeria, is reported to have begun hacking into banks when he was aged just 20.
Bendellad was detained at a Bangkok airport on Sunday having arrived from Malaysia for a connecting flight to Cairo, Egypt. The US authorities accused him of hacking into private accounts in more than two hundred banks and financial institutions worldwide, allegedly causing millions of dollars in losses.
“When asked what he did with the money, he said he spent it on travelling and a luxurious life, like flying first class and staying in luxury places,”
Immigration police chief, Pharnu Kerdlarpphon
He was arrested during a stopover at Thailand’s international airport while travelling from Malaysia, where he said he and his family had been on vacation. According to police, two laptops, a tablet computer, a satellite phone and a number of external hard drives were confiscated from him.
Following the issue of an arrest warrant he will now be extradited to the US state of Georgia.
photo: Carsten Lorentzen