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Secrecy shrouds 'Smiling Hacker' case as us keeps coy

posted onJanuary 21, 2013
by l33tdawg

The mystery surrounding an Algerian man dubbed the ''smiling hacker'' has deepened, with prosecutors unable to say when he will appear in court and US officials refusing to specify what laws he has broken.

Hamza Bendelladj, 24, was arrested on Jan 6 while his plane was on the tarmac at Suvarnabumi airport.

Police said that Mr Bendelladj _ photographed grinning broadly following his arrest _ had hacked into private accounts in 217 banks and financial companies around the world, earning up to US$20 million (595.6 million baht) per transaction and amassing huge amounts in illicit earnings. He was travelling with his family following a holiday in Malaysia en route to Cairo, Egypt. It is unclear why extradition to the US state of Georgia is being sought and which specific laws Mr Bendelladj is alleged to have broken.

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