US nabs suspected programmer of bank Trojan that drained millions of dollars

A posting from NBC News in there Technology section:  ATLANTA (AP) – An Algerian man accused of helping to develop and market a computer program that drained millions of dollars from bank accounts around the world pleaded not guilty Friday to nearly two dozen charges.

A 23-count indictment charges Hamza Bendelladj, 24, with wire fraud, bank fraud, computer fraud and conspiracy. U.S. Attorney Sally Yates said the man was extradited to Atlanta from Thailand on Thursday and was arraigned in federal court Friday afternoon. A second person is also charged in the indictment but has not been identified. Investigators could not disclose whether the person was in the U.S. or abroad. Officials also could not disclose what information led them to Bendelladj. Bendelladj, whose nickname is “Bx1,” is accused of developing and marketing SpyEye, a banking Trojan. However, federal authorities have not said exactly how Bendelladj helped develop the software. Court records don’t indicate whether he had a lawyer.


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