Hamza Bendelladj NOT Sentenced to Death for SpyEye Virus

Hamza Bellandj

Hamza Bellandj via Free Hamzza on Facebook

No, contrary to a sudden flurry of loosely-sourced articles in the hacker and Muslim press, Hamza Bendelladj aka Bx1, spammer and co-creator of the SpyEye virus, has not been sentenced to death by a US jury.

In fact, he hasn’t been sentenced at all. And he’ll never stand in front of a jury, having already pled guilty.

Here’s an example of the hysterical outcry, from an article calling him a “Muslim HERO!

News of the execution of the Algerian hacker, Hamza Bendeladj [sic], by the US authorities sparked a large controversy on social media, as some activists launched a campaign of support and solidarity “We are all Hamza”, in which they called on the authorities to mediate for saving the life of “Algeria’s genius”, who stunned the world through hacking Israeli websites and banks, and offers their funds to the Palestinian people.

 

Funds which he and his SpyEye trojan took from victims all over the world.

The US ambassador to Algeria has taken to Twitter to beat back the death sentence allegations, stating that none of the crimes with which he’s been charged are punishable by death, and that his sentencing will be later this year.

In case your French is rusty, that says “1/2 Bendelladj Hamza pleaded guilty June 26 for having developed, distributed, and monitored a malicious SpyEye banking Trojan.”

And this one says “2/2 The verdict will take place in a few months. Computer crimes are not capital crimes and are not punished by the death penalty” but is more notable for the fight she got into with a skeptical commenter who vowed to shave his moustache if she was right and he was wrong. No update on the moustache situation, but it does add a glorious touch of farce to what was already at least broad comedy.

There’s already a Facebook group, All Against the Death Sentence of Hamza, whose URL misspells his name, but at 112 members it’s hardly a social media juggernaut.

The Algerian was arrested in Thailand and extradited to the US in 2013, charged with one count of conspiring to commit wire and bank fraud, 10 counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, and 11 counts of computer fraud. You can see the original indictment here (PDF). On June 26 of this year he pled guilty to  so the future is not looking rosy for him, but none of those are capital crimes, so the death penalty is simply off the table, unless he killed someone recently and we didn’t hear about it.

The 2013 FBI report of his arrest in Thailand says “If convicted, Bendelladj faces a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud; up to 20 years for each wire fraud count; up to five years for conspiracy to commit computer fraud; up to five or 10 years for each count of computer fraud; and fines of up to $14 million.”

Instead, along with his partner he made a plea bargain in which he took responsibility for creating and distributing SpyEye, a virus designed to capture online banking information from unsuspecting individuals’ infected computers. The operation was professional and efficient, if highly illegal, and included a strong marketing push on dark markets, dedicated customer service, and optional software customization. According to the DA of the Northern District of Georgia, where he faces these charges, “Until dismantled, SpyEye was the preeminent malware banking Trojan from 2010-2012.”

It should be no surprise that an admitted spammer with millions at his fingertips should be portrayed as a martyr in the press leading up to his sentencing: heck, Donald Trump is being portrayed as a legitimate political candidate. But no, he will not actually be martyred, by lethal injection, electrocution, or any of the other options the United States has at its disposal. He will simply sit in prison and wait for his fate to be decided.



Categories: Black Hat, Breaking, Court Cases, Crime, Cyber, Dark Web, FBI, Hackers, Hacktivism, Hamza Bellandj, Humor, Journalists, Malware, Media, News, SpyEye, Trojan

61 replies

  1. I am from Algeria and I assure you that the news is not true.

    Freedom’s for #HamzaBendelladj #حمزة_بن_دلاج

    Fuck USA

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  2. What a hero i hope we will get one billion people like him.
    i whish him a good furture. And my allah save him from Kufaar

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  3. yes he is not a hacker he was a entertainer who entertained thousands or families we love his sooo much he is my hero i wish US to hand me instead of him cuz world need him. He didnt only help muslims he help humanity he helped dying people and childerns in africa and other countries he was a real human his smile was killing me like he was saying go ahead kill me if u can cuz i will always live in the hearts of people

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  4. im Algerian , and find it funny how people are “proud” everywhere in the Internet of a criminal who is literally just a scamer ( he may not be able to discover a simple vulnerability) , STEAL money from random people , what if it was you the victim and you worked so hard to get this money and have offsprings ? GO educate yourselves .

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  5. hamza you stay always in my heart , America need your experience

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  6. luxor, i think u are forgetting the fact that are all israelis who he stole the money from , are actually land gabbing thieves who ripp off the world, in this, u r punished in groups and in majorit, u r only punished individually in the hereafter.Those who snatched the land of those muslims who never even started war with them, yet gave them space

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  7. May Allah send u back to your mum as soon as possible

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  8. The guy is a genius.
    He should be offered a security Job as a consultant for the
    Us governement, banks and other large companies.

    This will eliminate at least 10 billion dollars losses over a a couple of years.

    Unfortunately Algeria does not have a structure in place to
    Promote and guide people like Hamza. erudits witz exceptional capabilities.

    In the US, he will be given the right reward for his knowledge and capabilities.

    One should see in what conditions Hamza has learned his
    craft & where he is coming from.

    One thing to add and to be understood by everyone here.

    Algerians are unique and different from All the other Arab/Islamic people of Africa or Middle east.

    Algeria is the only country in the arabo-islamic world that fought for it’s independance resulting in 1&1/2 million people dying .
    As such, Algerians are against any injustice in this world and against any opression on anyone and for basic freedom & dignity of the individuals ( aka obtaining a Visa to travel ….).

    Americans will be smart enough to leverage Hamza outstanding competencies & skill to protect US interests such as Banks, industrial spying & cyber attacks.
    No matter what, Hamza will never accept to work for activities that are more on the attacking side.

    We love to hear about Algerians that are contributing to Justice, Peace and improvenent or security in this world .

    Guys like Hamza should be hired by Google or similar companies dealing a lot with security :-) This is where he will shine and feel considered as a human being and rewarded for his knowledge.
    As far as ethics,he will also learn this part as well.

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  9. criminal o no, no es lo que importa el dinero va y viene, pero condenar a muerte a una persona por esto es una muestra del sisitema tan creul en el que vivimos =(

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  10. That’s an important genius !! No authority should touch to him. Use him for intelligence services …

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  11. I see nothing that Algerians are better then the other people as you are advertising your co-nationals.

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  12. Será lembrado como um herói, não cabe a nós julga-lo. Cabe a Deus este papel. Tem minha admiração desde já. O mundo tem salvação sim, depende apenas de ações como esta.
    Ame o próximo como a si mesmo.

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  13. The hero he is the one god protected u and see your family. I would like to know what jail is he in? Answer my question thank u

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  14. Hé is not a hero and isreal it is for u ? At least he didn’t kill ppl like islreal and America did .. U know what I am talking about ur a killer for Arabic ppl cz u want to steal our oil

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  15. to all of you that thick he’s a crime, like seriously u all are dumb, he’s a heroe to we Africans, you this stupid heartless Americans owe us a lot. u trade our forefathers as slave u molest our foremother and turn them to your sex machine, you deprived them of many right, you stole almost all our mineral resources. and u still count yourself as government of the government you trick country like Libya to kill their benefactor “Gaddafi” RIP to a loyal man, and put the whole nation in disaster. And here comes Hamza the avenger whose gonna make you pay for all this inhuman act. if u like sentence him to death all we know is that he will forever live on and watch out there’s more to come from Africans we will never give up until we damage half of your continent….

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  5. Hamza Bendelladj, hacker que ajudou Palestina, foi condenado à morte #boato

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