Hamza Bendelladj – an Algerian hacker who goes by the code name BX1
Hamza Bendelladj (A.K.A B×1) is an Algerian computer science graduate, hacker and a co-creator of the SpyEye Trojan that was designed for the theft of confidential private data as well as financial credentials of the targeted victim. Hamza Bendelladj allegedly stole money from more than 200 American banks and financial institutions, and then gave millions of dollars to Palestinian and African charities, which made him a hero in the eyes of many. For the cyber crime, Bendelladj was arrested in Thailand back in 2013 and was later deported to the United States. He was charged with 23 different crimes and alleges from 2009 to 2011, including several bank wire frauds, computer frauds and abuse schemes. Hamza Bendelladj was dubbed the “happy hacker” because he was photographed smiling when he was arrested and taken into custody at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
There were many posts on social media sites claiming that he was facing death penalty for his crimes. The story became so popular that some of his supporters began a campaign asking for his life to be spared.
There was this picture of him on social media sites, quoting “Real life Robin Hood’s last smile”
As a matter of fact, Hamza Bendelladj cannot be sentenced to death because all his criminal activities were electronic and he had already pleaded guilty for his crimes. Cyber crimes are not a capital offense and do not receive the death penalty. If convicted Bendelladj can face imprisonment for many years and may have to pay huge fine.
Coming to the picture in which Hamza Bendelladj is allegedly shown to be hanged, it is not him, but a look-alike Majid Kavousifar who was hanged in Tehran square for the murder of a prominent judge back in 2007.