By Youssef El Kaidi
By Youssef El Kaidi
Morocco World News
Fez, June 2, 2013
Without guns, without masks or bombs; all he needed is a computer and a keyboard to make up to $ 8 million out of bank hacking. Moroccan hacker known as “ghost” Rachid Ibn Al-Yamani, who was arrested in Rome, Italy was deported to the USA at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as reported by the Moroccan news outlet Hespress based on the Italian newspaper “La Republica” on Wednesday, May 29.
The same newspaper revealed that the FBI had sent special agents along with an international arrest warrant against the “Ghost” in order to transfer him to the United States for trial on charges cybercrime; especially the hacking of banks and sensitive websites for several countries. The total of misappropriated funds from hacking operations carried out by the “Ghost” reached. $ 8 million.
The preliminary investigations conducted by the Italian police, after the dismantling of his equipments and encrypted messages, showed that Rachid Ibn Al-Yamani, who belongs to the international hacking group known as ‘Anonymous,’ “had a relationship with the Italian Mafia, which used to provide him with protection in return for the huge amounts of money obtained from piracy operations.”
The Italian newspaper described the “Ghost” as a ‘genius’ who lived in a popular neighborhood in Marrakech and who ‘was remarkably smart since his childhood” before he embarked on one of the most sophisticated and dangerous hobbies.
Rachid, the “Ghost,” was introduced to “Anonymous” by a Roman girl of Jewish descent with whom he periodically used to exchange information on hacking software and the way of manufacturing computer programs for the hacking of financial and industrial institutions, as well as secret websites such as the FBI website which was an easy prey for Rachid thanks to his “genius and extraordinary intelligence.”
Concerning his bank hacking operations, Rachid confessed that these operations have nothing to do with the “Anonymous” organization and that he made these operations to earn a living and “lead a royal life” as he told the Italian investigators.
Answering the question of what he demands from his country of origin, Rachid said that “I didn’t demand anything from my country because I know they will not listen to me. I love my country Morocco but I’m so indignant at those who run it,” according to the Italian newspaper article.
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