19 year old British received a prison term for selling personal data for bitcoins
The Royal Court of Norwich sentenced the 19-year-old hacker to 20 months in prison and $487,000 fine for selling personal data for bitcoins and advertising it’s services.
Reported that Elliot Gunton sold personal data of citizens “for criminal purposes.” In particular, he was sold phone numbers of people too, so that attackers could use them to intercept calls and text messages. For his service Gunton asked for $3,000 in bitcoins.
Note that the “business” of the hacker was prospered — law enforcement agencies tracked down and arrested more than $330,000 in cryptocurrencies that Gunton kept. Interestingly, one of the reasons for checking the teenager was his message on the social network Twitter: “Have a lot of money is cool… But have a lot of money when no one knows about it, it’s much cooler!”.
“Gunton used the personal data of people and companies to make significant amounts of money. But he managed to hide his activities, so we confiscated hundred thousands of pounds in bitcoins,” said police sergeant Mark Stratford.
While there was a consequence, the period of 20 months has already expired, so the hacker released in a courtroom. However, he still must pay more than $400,000 fine. In addition, he limited access to computers and the Internet for 3.5 years.