Indian police have seized $1.2 million in bitcoin from a hacker who allegedly hacked a government website, online game portals, and cryptocurrency exchanges. He was previously arrested for stealing $1.5 million from an Indian state government.
Indian Police Seize Bitcoins From Hacker
The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police have revealed that bitcoins worth Rs 9 crore ($1.23 million) have been seized from a 25-year-old hacker, local media reported Friday.
The hacker known as Shri Krishna is a software engineer and resident of Jayanagar in south Bengaluru. He was arrested on Nov. 18 for sourcing drugs through the darknet using bitcoins. Bengaluru Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Sandeep Patil explained that during the investigation:
Besides buying drugs, Patil said that the hacker and his friends â€œwere also using these bitcoins to lead lavish livesâ€ and â€œstayed in star hotels and resorts.â€
Krishna also hacked the Karnataka governmentâ€™s e-procurement portal in August 2019 and was booked for stealing Rs 11 crore from the site.
In addition, a senior officer detailed that Krishna deployed ransomware to force the owners of the websites he hacked to pay ransoms. â€œHe also used to create mirror sites and get information on credit or debit cards used by people who accessed sites to steal money,â€ the official said. The Indian Express described that according to the police:
The police added that they â€œalso hacked into YFI coin (Yearn Finance) Ethereum sites in various countries using a similar modus operandi.â€
Patil noted that the accused hacked into various international poker sites and stole data, adding that his team has shared all the relevant information on the case with the concerned companies through Interpol.
After hacking websites and stealing data and money, the accused converted funds into bitcoin and cashed out through an alleged financing partner, Patil described. He added: â€œThe bitcoins were traded for money through another accused, identified as Robin Khandelwal. He deposited the money in Krishnaâ€™s bank account after trading the bitcoins through hawala channels.â€
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