Alleged bank hacker arrested in Thailand

Last updated 10:18 08/01/2013

Relevant offers

Digital Living

Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station crashes for 30 minutes on first day; was Jaden Smith to blame? Apple Music: What Kiwis need to know Scalpers use computer bots to vacuum up bulk tickets Union to sue US goverment over Office of Personnel Management data breach Holiday planning in Wellington made easy Editorial: Digital communications statute a threat to free speech Uber buys Bing Maps unit off Microsoft Live chat review: Communications Minister Amy Adams Can colouring your Facebook profile picture ever actually effect change? Australia's 'pirate blocking' law a dud

Police in Thailand say they have arrested an Algerian cybercrime suspect sought by the US FBI for allegedly making hundreds of millions of dollars by hacking banks' websites.

Immigration police chief Lieutenant General Panu Kerdlarppol said Hamza Bendelladj was arrested on January 6 during a layover at Thailand's international airport while travelling from Malaysia to Egypt. He and his family had been on vacation in Malaysia, he said.

Panu said on Monday that police confiscated two laptops, a tablet computer, a satellite phone and a number of external hard drives from Bendelladj, 24.

He said the FBI had been pursuing Bendelladj for nearly three years. US authorities believe the suspect hacked private accounts in more than 217 banks and financial companies worldwide, causing about US$10 million in losses per transaction, he said.

Panu said Bendelladj will be extradited to the US state of Georgia, where a district court has issued an arrest warrant.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content