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US-wanted Algerian Hacker Arrested in Thailand

8 January 2013

Police in Thailand say they have arrested an Algerian cybercrime suspect sought by the US FBI for allegedly making hundreds of millions of dollars by hacking banks’ websites. Immigration police chief Lt-Gen Panu Kerdlarppol said Hamza Bendelladj was arrested on Sunday night during a layover at Bangkok’s main international airport while traveling from Malaysia to Egypt. Panu said on Monday that police confiscated two laptops, a tablet computer, a satellite phone and a number of external hard drives from Bendelladj, 24. He said the FBI had been pursuing Bendelladj for nearly three years.—AP