Thai police have arrested an Algerian national wanted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for allegedly making tens of millions of dollars from cyber crime, according to sources.
Hamza Bendelladj, was arrested late Sunday while attempting to transit through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport from Malaysia, Immigration Bureau chief Pharnu Kerdlarpphon said.
“We were tipped off to his arrival by the FBI, who have been following his case for the past three years,” Pol Lt Gen Pharnu said.
About Hamza Bendelladj:
Mr Bendelladj, 24, who graduated in computer sciences in Algeria in 2008, has allegedly hacked private accounts in 217 banks and financial companies worldwide, amassing “huge amounts” in illicit earnings, with just one transaction he could earn 10 to 20 million dollars Pol Lt Gen Pharnu told a press conference.
A smiling Bendelladj, who was present at the press conference, denied claims by the Thai authorities that he was on the FBI’s top-10 most wanted list.
“I’m not in the top 10, maybe just 20th or 50th,” the Algerian suspect said with a laugh. “I am not a terrorist.”