A hacker who sold customer data on the dark web has been sentenced to over 10 years in prison by a judge at Southwark Crown Court. Grant West, 26, targeted customers of companies such as Asda, Sainsbury's, Ladbrokes, Coral, Argos and ride-hailing firm Uber. West, gained access to over 160,000 email addresses that he then used to contact people with scams to obtain more personal details.
The personal details were then sold on the dark web for bitcoin's. West had built up a huge caches of bitcoin and other crypto currency in online wallets. According to a report in the Guardian, £25,000 in cash and a stash of cannabis was found during a raid on his home, a caravan park in Kent. His online scam ran for two-and-a-half-years before he was arrested on a first class train carriage as he was accessing the dark web. A total loss of more than £1million was estimated by the prosecution. Judge Michael Gleghill said: "This case should be a wake up call to customers, companies and the computer industry to the very real threat of cybercrime."