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France: Ex-Cop Heads to Prison for Darkweb Dox Sales

A former French law enforcement officer was sentenced to prison for selling confidential information on the darkweb.

Christophe Boutry, a former police sergeant and agent of the French counterintelligence agency called the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI), was sentenced to prison after admitting that he had sold information from law enforcement databases on the darkweb. He sold the information through the darkweb using an account with the username “Haurus.”

A picture of The General Directorate for Internal Security

The General Directorate for Internal Security

Haurus came to the attention of law enforcement in June 2018 during a cybercrime investigation by French law enforcement. During the hearings, prosecutors revealed that Boutry had conducted searches on law enforcement databases at the request of clients on a darkweb forum. He then provided the clients with sensitive information in exchange for Bitcoin.

Under the Haurus username, the defendant sold information on people listed in law enforcement databases for between 100 and 300 euros. He sold through an unidentified forum initially. Boutry, on the forum, met a fraudster who eventually helped Boutry set up a semi-automated storefront where he sold the same information.

During a cybercrime investigation, Boutry was linked to Haurus and arrested at the offices of the DGSI in September 2018.

A picture of The arrest, which took place at DSGI offices, was described as an “unusual scene” | leparisien

The arrest, which took place at DSGI offices, was described as an “unusual scene” | leparisien

Boutry’s trial took place at the Nanterre Criminal Court in June 2021. In the course of the four-day trial, Boutry told the court that he started selling confidential information he extracted from police files through the dark web because he was in debt. He also disclosed that he mainly sold identities, addresses, telephone geolocations as well as fake documents.

Boutry also assured the court that he had changed his ways and was no longer involved in crime. Boutry appeared before the criminal court of Nanterre for his sentencing hearing on July 22, 2021. He was found guilty of all charges. The prosecution demanded a sentence of seven years in prison. The presiding judge, however, sentenced Boutry to seven years in prison, two of which were suspended.

The court also sentenced two defendants alongside Boutry as part of the same case. One of the defendants–convicted of working as Boutry’s accomplice–was sentenced to three years in prison, two of which were suspended.

The other defendant, Christophe Nadotti, was accused of being one of Boutry’s clients. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Law enforcement officers are still investigating a case in which this defendant purchased information on people who were later murdered. According to prosecutors, Nadotti purchased information on individuals involved in organized crime and his purchases undoubtedly resulted in a number of murders. His searches included:

[W]ell-known names of heads of drug networks involved in the bloody drug wars. The orders were clearly worded. For example: “Details about his visits to certain locations plus everything possible, number, where he sleeps.”

10 Comments
Silent
67e07840 Fri, Jul 30, 2021

There’s only one thing worse than being a crooked cop in prison, no one will click up with you and plenty of people will want to cause you harm just for entertainment. How does this dude get the same 5 years as the guy caught trafficking bricks? America…

Blep
1a52dd80 Fri, Jul 30, 2021

I’m pretty sure this was France.

But yeah selling confidential information is not the same murdering those people. But he did jeopardize their lives (and actually got them killed).

Gorin Busch
9d14aec0 Fri, Jul 30, 2021

Regarding the comments about America- We can all speculate on what the sentencing term might have been, but the best indicator might be around the same amount of time Karl Mark Force and crew got.

Silent
3ccca860 Fri, Jul 30, 2021

I was referencing the sentencing of a coke dealer in America from the previous article.

Interesting case, it doesn’t specify what was being done with the information other than DOX in the title, he could have just been selling fullz to fraudsters.

Accessory to murder is whole different ball game and I guess that’s kind of written between the lines here. Wouldn’t it be pretty easy for LE to see exactly which information was accessed in the DB and do status checks on those compromised individuals? Possibly some really bad network security or someone doesn’t want to come forward that he comprised all of multiple DBs. Not sure how you run a country with bad network security but I’m sure it’s as prevalent as Micky Dz

Unknown
13745220 Sat, Jul 31, 2021

Your friend and comrade…

-SIlent

Lee
ae0187d0 Sun, Aug 1, 2021

Just Following up

90210s
0d68db10 Sun, Aug 1, 2021

This is ridiculous

SIlent
c2d2f9e0 Mon, Aug 2, 2021

Just a little ten bands

mixandtwist
ce107200 Wed, Aug 4, 2021

Quelle batard wola j'aurai pas fais ca

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