Hamza Bendelladj is an Algerian computer hacker who gained notoriety for his involvement in cybercrime activities. He was born on January 1, 1989, in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria. Bendelladj is also known by his online aliases “Bx1” and “The Ghost.”
Bendelladj came into the spotlight for developing and distributing a banking Trojan known as SpyEye. This malware was designed to steal financial information, such as login credentials and credit card details, from infected computers. It allowed cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access to victims’ bank accounts and conduct fraudulent transactions.
In 2013, Bendelladj was apprehended by authorities in Thailand while he was on a layover en route to Algeria. He was accused of operating SpyEye and was later extradited to the United States. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to several charges, computer intrusion, wire fraud, and bank fraud.
Bendelladj was subsequently sentenced to a prison term of 15 years by a US federal court. The court also ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $10 million. It’s important to note that engaging in cybercrime is illegal and can lead to severe consequences.
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