British Hacker convicted for Stealing $600,000 in Bitcoin

A UK hacker was prisoned for 10 years and 8 months for selling 63,000 stolen credit and debit cards on the dark web: $600,000 in Bitcoin was seized by Police
28 May 2018   1588

Grant West, a 26-year old computer hacker from Kent (United Kingdom), was described as a “one man cybercrime wave” for having stolen the personal data of approximately 165,000 people via “phishing” scheme. The prosecution affirmed that he profited over £180,000 (about $240,000) from the scam and converted the proceeds into Bitcoin, which would then be kept in multiple accounts.

West is supposed to send emails looking like to be from Just Eat, an online food order and delivery service, to extract credit and debit card details from his victims. He was adjudged to more than 10 years in prison after accepting the charges, which included conspiracy to commit fraud, computer misuse, and drug offences. Judge Michael Gledhill presided over the trial.

Masquerading as Just Eat, Grant West suggested a voucher in recovery for answering questions between July 2015 and December 2015. The phishing scam cost the firm over £200,000 (approximately $267,000), but there is no evidence their servers were hacked by West. Other high profile hack victims include British Airways, Barclays, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Uber, Argos, Coral.

The Police seized £25,000 (about $33,000) in cash and £500,000 (about $666,000) in Bitcoin. Judge Michael Gledhill declared £1.6 million (approximately $2.3 million) worth of cryptocurrency is not accounted for. 

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.
Michael Gledhill
Judge, UK

The hacker once had a number of client`s details, he would then sell them on Alpha Bay, an online dark web market 10-times larger than Silk Road which was taken down by the officials in July 2017.

VanEck & SolidX to Withdraw BTC ETF Application

Bitwise and Wilshire Phoenix' Bitcoin applications are still pending
18 September 2019   46

The bid for Bitcoin ETF launch by VanEck and SolidX, considered the most likely candidate for approval, was withdrawn amid continuing uncertainty from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

VanEck and SolidX planned to place their Bitcoin ETFs on the Chicago Options Exchange (Cboe). However, as follows from the notification published on Tuesday, on September 13, the latter withdrew the application for a change in the rules, which, if approved, would allow launching the corresponding tool.

Previously, SEC postponed the solution several times at the request of VanEck and SolidX. The last time this happened in August was when the decision on Bitcoin ETFs from Bitwise Asset Management and Wilshire Phoenix was also postponed.

The final deadlines for decision making on Bitwise and VanEck / SolidX applications were on October 13 and 18, respectively. Wilshire Phoenix's decision is due on September 29th.

It should be noted that over the past few years, various companies have sought approval from the SEC to launch exchange-traded funds, but each time the regulator refused. Most often, the reasons for the negative decision were explained by the risks of market manipulations and insufficiently developed market control tools.