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Infamous hacker that blackmailed porn viewers, forced to repay £270k – and sell his Rolex to do so

The hacker, Zain Qaiser who blackmailed porn viewers in one of the “most serious case(s) of cyber crime” that the National Crime Agency (NCA) has ever investigated, was sentenced to six years’ jail time in April.

But at a hearing on Wednesday, December 4 he was ordered to sell his Rolex and to pay back more than £270,000 or face two more years in prison.

The former computer science student from Essex admitted to being part of a Russian-speaking cyber crime group that would infect victims’ devices with ransomware through advertising spaces on legal pornography sites in over 20 countries.

The malware would show messages on the victim’s screens pretending to be from police, which would insist that they should pay a stiff fine ranging between $300 and $1000.

According to NCA some online advertising agencies that sold Qaiser the advertising traffic realised what he was doing and tried to stop him. He responded by blackmailing them and their businesses, hitting at least two agencies with DDoS attacks . Qaiser told one company director: “I’ll first kill your server, then send child porn spam abuses.” These attacks resulted in the companies losing at least £500,000 through lost revenue and mitigation costs.

Lock screen image used by Qaiser. Picture: NCA

The 25-year old Qaiser made millions of dollars which he in turn spent on stays in high-end hotels, prostitutes, gambling, drugs and luxury items(including a £5,000 Rolex).

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