Bengaluru: 31 bitcoins worth Rs 9 crore recovered from jailed hacker – Times of India
BENGALURU: Sleuths from Central Crime Branch (CCB) have recovered 31 bitcoins worth around Rs 9 crore from G Srikrishna alias Sriki, 25, an alleged hacker and drug peddler, arrested by CCB police in November.
During probe, cops found a well-known bitcoin trader, Robin Khandelwal from Kolkata, had helped Srikrishna in his bitcoin dealings. Police have arrested Khandelwal too.
CCB police said Srikrishna was into hawala trade and converted Indian currency to bitcoins. On November 18, CCB police arrested Srikrishna on multiple criminal charges, including hacking into private and government websites, besides peddling and consuming drugs. He is also the prime accused in stealing Rs 11crore from the state government’s e-procurement portal in August 2019.
Sleuths from Criminal Investigation Department are probing the case and arrested six persons. CID sources said they shall seek Srikrishna’s custody to question him. He was also among the accused booked for allegedly attacking the son of a businessman in a pub in UB City in February 2018. The accused included an MLA’s son.
Police said they started looking for Srikrsihna after arresting a city youth, M Sujay of Sadashivanagar, on drug-peddling charges. On November 4, cops arrested Sujay and recovered 500 grams of hydro ganja couriered to him from the Netherlands. Probe revealed roles of other accused, including Srikrishna.
Sandeep Patil, joint commissioner of police (crime), said Srikrishna has hacked into at least three bitcoin exchanges, 14 websites, including 10 poker websites, and exploited three malwares.
Srikrishna graduated in computer science from a college in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and is an expert in handling computers. “He has hacked several online gaming websites and extorted money from their owners and players. He can access a mirror image of cards with his opponents in online gambling games. All these accused were regular visitors to posh resorts in Chikkamagaluru and Kabini, star hotels in different towns of the state and tourist spots like Goa,” police commissioner Kamal Pant had said in a presser soon after Srikrishna’s arrest. He was sent to Central Prison on January 12.