Bitcoin Worth £900,000 Seized From Cyber Criminal
A hacker who carried out cyber attacks on over 100 companies worldwide has been ordered to pay back £922,978.14 of cryptocurrency.
Grant West, 27, of Ashcroft Caravan Park in Kent, was subject to a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Southwark Crown Court. The lengthy police investigation ‘Operation Draba’ looked in to the criminal activities of West, who was operating on the Dark Web under the name ‘Courvoiser.’ West predominantly used phishing email scams to obtain the financial data of tens of thousands of customers, and then sell this on the dark web.
Detectives discovered evidence of West conducting cyber attacks on the websites of 17 major firms including Sainsburys, Argos and Ladbrokes; identifying him as the head of an Organised Crime Network. He carried out the attacks from a laptop belonging to his girlfriend, where he also stored personal information belonging to more than 100,000 people. The SD card that officers recovered from his home contained approximately 78 million individual usernames and passwords, as well as 63,000 credit and debit card’s information.
The cryptocurrency will now be sold, with the money going back to victim as compensation.
Grant West was jailed in May at Southwark Crown Court for 10 years and eight months.
Head of the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit, Detective Chief Inspector Kirsty Goldsmith, said:
“The MPS is committed to ensuring that individuals who are committing criminality on the Dark Web are identified, prosecuted and their criminal assets are seized.
“I wish to thank our partners within the MPS and in both public and private industry who have all assisted with this investigation which was incredibly complex and lengthy. I am very proud of my team for bringing this offender to justice and ensuring we have secured this order.”