Twenty-six-year-old British hacker Grant West was given a 10-year sentence in prison after getting caught. The cybercriminal hacked the information of a large number of people, companies and e-mail addresses with their passwords. Under the username Courvoisier, the hacker sold the data for Bitcoins to the black market known as Alpha Bay.
The criminal, who was arrested on his way to London in September last year, managed to hack the information of 165,000 people; 500 companies (including Uber, British Airways, Argos, Asda, and others); and 7 million e-mails.
According to The Guardian, the British cybercriminal made a profit of £1.6 million worth of crypto coins. However, only £500,000 worth were confiscated, while the remaining amount remains untraced. It remains unclear how the police managed to confiscate the cryptocurrencies.
Game Over for British Hacker
On May 25, Judge Michael Gelfill of the Southwark Crown Court sentenced West to 10 years and eight months in prison. The judge described this case as “a one man cybercrime wave” since West plotted alone. He added:
“When such inadequate security is confronted with a criminal of your skills and ambition it is totally unfit for purpose and worthless. This case should be a wake-up call to customers, companies and the computer industry to the very real threat of cybercrime.”
Tools West Used in His Nefarious Acts
West perpetrated a phishing scam masquerading as Just Eat sending emails to 165,000 people.
After the police raided West’s apartment, they discovered that the cybercriminal used the laptop of his girlfriend, 26-year-old Rachel Brooks, to commit his crimes. The police confiscated £25,000 in cash, along with 500g of cannabis found in Brooks’ possession.
This case is not the first that deals with hackers and cybercriminals. However, only a few of them faced justice. Hopefully, more of them will be apprehended soon and be made to face the consequences of their crimes.