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Algerian hacker: Stealing from US banks and giving to African and Palestinian charities – Is he an Hero or hoodlum?

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Depending on who you ask, Hamza Bendelladj is either a Robin Hood-esque hero or a cyber-age hoodlum.

The 27-year-old Hamza Bendelladj’, known as Bx1 is an Algerian computer hacker known for hacking numerous American banks and stealing $400 million. He was arrested in Thailand in 2013 and extradited to the US to face charges.He then reportedly gave millions of dollars to African and Palestinian charities.

Incident

Using log-in information obtained from a Trojan horse called SpyEye he co-created, he stole from 217 American banks and financial institutions. The SpyEye software was also sold to other hackers and used as part of a botnet.[1]

Sentence

Bendelladj, who hails from Tizi Ouzou in Algeria, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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