The Cyber Crime Unit of Scotland Yard has confiscated Bitcoin [BTC] worth around $ 667,000 from a hacker known as Grant West. The police department has said that the crime was committed by a prolific computer hacker, which they described as the first of its kind for the 188-year-old police department.
The officers from the Cyber Crime Unit of Scotland Yard have caught the hacker in front of startled passengers as he was traveling first class on a train. Grant West alias ‘Courvoisier’ had launched a number of cyber-attacks on various established firms like Sainsbury’s, Asda, Argos, Uber, Bookmakers Labrokes & Coral before selling their customer information for Bitcoin worth half a million pounds. He went on fortune trip to Las Vegas with money he made from selling the customer information online.
Grant West had managed to obtain the personal information of millions of people and credit details of more than 60,000 people through cyber hacking. Later he had sold 47,000 of the information on the ‘Dark-web’ with help of his girlfriend Rachael Brookes. He has attacked more than 100 websites of various companies.
Grant West ran his operation from a caravan in the Ashcroft holiday park at East church and he drove around in an Audi A5 coupe worth $54,000. The Police department has found around 78 million individual usernames and passwords stored on a memory card which he possessed.
He has admitted to two counts of possessing criminal property, one count of money laundering using bitcoins, four charges relating to the possession and supply of cannabis, one charge of computer hacking, and two counts of conspiracy to defraud.
Grant’s girlfriend has admitted to unauthorized use of her computer material and she was sentenced to a two-year community order and curfew at an earlier hearing at the Southwark Crown Court in coming March. Grant West has been sentenced to 10 years and eight months at Southwark Crown Court.
Detective Chief Superintendent and head of the Met’s Organised Crime Command, Mick Gallagher has said that:
“The case showcases the lengths our detectives need to go in order to pursue the criminals on the dark web and we have used many different measures to make sure these criminals are identified and prosecuted by the law”
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