Hamza Bendelladj and Russian co defendant sentenced for using computer virus to steal millions of dollars.
Some people call him Robin Hood, while others consider him as a criminal. Hamza Bendelladj, the 27-year-old young hacker is sentenced to 15 years in prison by the court of Unites States. According to the recent report, Hamza stole money from more than 200 banks and financial institutions in the USA by using a computer virus. Then, he reportedly donated millions of dollars to Africa and Palestinian charities.
Arrested in Thailand in 2013, Hamza is claimed to be the co-creator of a virus trojan horse also called SpyEye. He is alleged to have affected more than 1.4 million computers in the United States – according to the Wired magazine. The virus allowed hackers to steal login details for financial accounts, which they then robbed.
Who is Hamza Bendelladj?
Hamza is graduated from a university of Algeria in computer science. He started hacking the banks in the age of 20. Hamza Bendelladj is known to be the mastermind behind ZeuS (Trojan horse malware package that works on several versions of Microsoft Windows). He is claimed to have hacked 217 banks and stole $280,000,000. Rather than keeping the money himself, He donated the total money to the Africa and Palestinian cause.
– Trojan Horse Malware
Zeus also called as the Zbot, is a Trojan horse malware that can be used to carry out numerous criminal tasks. Basically, it has been using to steal banking information using keystroke logging. Recognized in July 2007, it has become more widespread in March 2009. In June 2009, Zeus had hacked over 74,000 FTP accounts of the Bank of United States, NASA, ABC, Oracle, Monster.com, Cisco, and Amazon.
Co-Creator of the SpyEye Trojan, Hamza Bendelladj was declared guilty for all the activities he did that include development, administration, and monitoring of the banking victims via SpyEye Trojan.