Thai police have arrested an Algerian hacker wanted by the FBI for cybercrime, an activity that has reportedly earned him tens of millions of dollars.
Hamza Bendelladj, 24, graduated in computer science in Algeria in 2008, was arrested Sunday evening while trying to transit through Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok from Malaysia.
He allegedly hacked private accounts in 217 banks and financial companies around the world, "With just one transaction he could earn 10-20 million dollars," said Lt. Gen. Phanu. "He has traveled the world in first class and leads a life of luxury," says this Thai official.
Police confiscated two laptop, a tablet, a satellite phone and some external hard drives. These are the main tools of the Algerian hacker.
Bendelladj will be extradited to the US state of Georgia, where a court has issued an arrest warrant against him. "I'm not in the top 10, maybe just in the 20 or 50," the Algerian suspect said with a laugh. "I am not a terrorist," he added.