Social Media Users Falsely Claim Algerian Hacker Hamza Bendelladj Sentenced To Death

September 2, 2015


Recent posts on social media indicate that Algerian hacker Hamza Bendelladj, who was arrested in Thailand in 2013 and extradited to the U.S. on various cyber-charges, has been sentenced to death. U.S. ambassador to Algeria, Joan Plaschik, took to Twitter to refute these claims, tweeting in French that cyber-crimes do not carry the death penalty in the U.S., and that despite having plead guilty on June 26, Bendelladj’s verdict will only be announced in a few months.

When Bendelladj was extradited to the U.S., the FBI stated that “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.”


Source:, September 1, 2015.