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SpyEye Trojan developer and marketer extradited to US

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Arrests made by PCeU after phishing campaign investigation
Arrests made by PCeU after phishing campaign investigation

One of the masterminds behind the pernicious SpyEye banking Trojan has been extradited to the United States, where he will face charges for computer and wire fraud.

Hamza Bendelladj was charged in a 23-count indictment that was returned in December 2011, but only unsealed last week. He was arrested in January at an airport in Thailand, and was extradited to America last week.

The 24-year-old is charged with 11 counts of computer fraud, ten counts of wire fraud and other conspiracy-related offences, prosecutors said.

SpyEye first turned up in 2010 and quickly resembled the notorious Zeus Trojan for its ability to steal information, particularly bank login credentials, from the users whose computers it infected. The malware, which can be hard to detect by traditional security software, often injects web fields into legitimate banking sites, where attackers secretly steal data that victims enter.

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