Soctland Yard Confiscated worth $667,000 of Bitcoin
Scotland Yard’s Cyber Crime Unit has confiscated Bitcoin [BTC] roughly around 667,000 USD from a hacker known as Grant West. According to the Cyber Crime Unit said that the hacking was done by a professional hacker. The crime was depicted as the first of its kind by the 188-year-old police department.
The officers from the Cyber Crime Unit of Scotland Yard caught the hacker before a group of startled travellers while he was travelling from the first class. Grant West adopted the name ‘Courvoisier’ had launched various digital assaults on various well-established firms like Asda, Argos, Uber, coral, Bookmakers Labrokes and Sainsbury’s before offering their client data for Bitcoin estimating to a million pounds. He went on a trip to Las Vegas with funds he produced by selling the client information online.
Grant West used cyber hacking to obtain the private information of millions of people along with credit details of more than 60,000 people. Later on, he managed to sell 47,000 of that information on the dark web with the aid of his girlfriend Rachel Brookes. So far he has managed to assault 100 websites of different companies.
Grant West ran his activity from a mobile home in the Ashcroft holiday park at East church and drove an Audi A5 coupe worth 54,000 USD. The police department has found username and password for around 78 million individuals which are put away on a memory card which he had.
He has accepted to two counts of having criminal property, a single charge of money laundering where he used Bitcoin, four counts relating to the ownership and supply of cannabis, one charge of hacking a computer and two charges of a scheme to defraud
Rachel Brooke, the criminal’s girlfriend has admitted to using her computer material in an unauthorised manner. She was sentenced to a 2-year community and curfew at a prior hearing at the Southwark Crown Court in coming March. Grant West, however, has been sentenced to a total of 10 years and eight months at Southwark Crown Court.
Mick Gallagher, the head of the Met’s Organised Crime Command and the Chief Detective Superintendent, 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”