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A prolific hacker who carried out phishing scams against hundreds of companies worldwide has been ordered to pay back more than $1.1 million (over £922,000) worth of cryptocurrencies to his victims.

Grant West, a 27-year-old resident of Kent, England, targeted several well-known companies around the world since 2015 to obtain the financial data of tens of thousands of customers and then sold that data on underground forums in exchange for Bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies.

West, who operated under the online moniker of ‘Courvoisier,’ stashed the resulting cryptocurrencies in multiple accounts and wallets, which was confiscated by the Metropolitan police after West’s arrest in September 2017 following a two-year-long investigation code-named ‘Operation Draba.’

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