Hamza Bendelladj is a Robin Hood(hero of Algeria) or a criminal for the American Government.The 27-year-old Algerian computer science graduate used a computer virus to steal money from more than 200 American banks and financial institutions. He then reportedly gave millions of dollars to Palestinian charities.The 27-year-old Algerian computer science graduate will be sentenced in a US court for using a computer virus to steal money from more than 200 American banks and financial institutions. He then reportedly gave millions of dollars to Palestinian charities.
Hamza is a co-creator of banking trojan horse called SpyEye, was indicted in absence by US authorities in 2011.This virus was very much popular in duration from 2009-2011 and believed that it infected 1.4 million computers in US according to San Francisco based technology magazine. SpyEye virus works to steal your financial information.
According to US Department of Justice he faces a prison sentence of more than 65 years and up to $14m in fines. It took two years for Hamza, known in the online world as Bx1, to be apprehended. Authorities in Thailand arrested him on their soil and extradited him to the US in 2013. He was dubbed the “happy hacker” because he was photographed smiling as he was taken into custody at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
American law enforcement officers identified Hamza when he allegedly sold a copy of the SpyEye virus to an undercover officer for $8,500.
“Hamza’s alleged criminal reach extended across international borders, directly into victims’ homes,” said US attorney Sally Quillian Yates, on May 3, 2013, on the same day Bendelladj‘s 23-count indictment was revealed. It included charges related to wire, bank, and computer fraud.Not only Hamza used this virus but he sold and popularize this in one of the famous hackers forum named Darkode.
US authorities say Hamza and other SpyEye users were responsible for building a huge network, or “botnet”, of infected computers that they regularly hijacked for financial and personal information. Hamza is also accused of using the information gathered to steal money from banks.As the US Government has no records that how the money was spent but it is assumed that he donated majority of the part to Palestine charities.
Despite his admission of guilt, Hamza’s supporters continue to hack various websites across the world, including, of late, Air France and a Virginia-based university, calling for his release using the hashtags #FreeHamzaBendellaj and #FreePalestine.
There were reports that he would be sentenced to death so there were protests saying to spare him.