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Algerian Hacker in Custody of Thai Police, FBI in Search

Hamza Bendelladj, a man from Algeria was recently arrested in apprehension by Thai police that he made massive dollars in a cyber-fraud operation. The 24-yr-old culprit reportedly is under search by USA's FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), according to officials, so published bangkokpost.com dated January 7, 2013.

Chief of Immigration Bureau at Malaysia, Pharnu Kerdlarppon said that on January 6, 2013, a Sunday, the arrest took place as Bendelladj sought flying through the Suvarnabhumi Airport of Bangkok, Malaysia, reported bangkokpost.com.

Pol Lt. General Pharnu further stated that the FBI tipped off the Malaysian Immigration Office regarding Bendelladj's arrival even as the agency had been tracking the cyber crook's case since 2010.

According to Pharnu, Mr. Bendelladj, a computer-science graduate from Algeria (year 2008), had apparently infiltrated customers' accounts within 217 financial companies and banks globally accumulating massive volumes of dollars via illegal earnings.

Meanwhile, during Bendelladj's arrest, cops confiscated a tablet, 2 laptops, a number of hard drives and a satellite-enabled phone.

Also, it's currently perceived that Bendelladj maybe a ZeuS botmaster that Microsoft labeled during a legal suit, it filed in 2012.

Additionally, Brian Krebs, independent security blogger, who's been continuously watching Bendelladj on the cyber-crime market, believes somebody nicknamed "bx1" and the culprit are identical individuals.

Krebs blogged that to be able to regard the case as particularly intriguing, he began hunting online as also his personal servers to get the man's e-mail id. Krebs realized that during 2011, certain hacker contacted him through IMs telling, the person was running SpyEye and ZeuS botnets. The particular hacker e-mailed Krebs repeatedly during 2012, seemingly to just boast how he created and executed exploits. He e-mailed through the MSN instant messaging system of Microsoft from the id, daniel.h.b@universityofsutton.com using the alleged name Daniel in the account. Krebs after sometime determined that Daniel as well utilized bx1 as his handle, he wrote on krebsonsecurity.com dated January 10, 2013.

Strangely, Bendelladj may've been involved during Symlink's arrest another infamous online-crook held in Moldova during 2012.

He (Bendelladj) is, meanwhile, set for being deported to the Georgian State of United States, the place where a detention order awaits him.

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