Algerian hacker: Stealing from US banks and giving to African and Palestinian charities – Is he an Hero or hoodlum?
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.
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.
Bendelladj, who hails from Tizi Ouzou in Algeria, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.