Police in Thailand say they have arrested an Algerian who was sought by the U.S. FBI for allegedly making hundreds of millions of dollars by hacking banks’ websites.
Immigration captain Lt. Gen. Panu Kerdlarppol stated Hamza Bendelladj was apprehended Sunday night during a layover at Thailand’s international airport when traveling from Malaysia to Egypt. He and his family had been on holiday in Malaysia, he said.
Panu then went on to say police confiscated two laptops, a tablet computer, a satellite phone and several of external hard drives from Bendelladj’s home.
He stated the FBI had been going after Bendelladj for just about three years. United States authorities consider the suspect hacked individual accounts in more than 217 banks and financial companies worldwide, causing around $10 million in losses per transaction, he said. Panu said Bendelladj will be extradited to the U.S. state of Georgia, where a district court has published an arrest warrant.