Former police officer Christopher Boutry admitted selling information from law enforcement databases on the dark web after working for the French counterintelligence agency called the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI). Using an account with the username "Haurus," he sold the information on the darkweb.
During a cybercrime investigation conducted by French law enforcement, police became aware of Haurus in June 2018. On a darkweb forum where Boutry's clients requested searches on law enforcement databases, prosecutors revealed that he conducted searches on those databases at their request. Clients then paid him Bitcoin in exchange for their sensitive information.
Haurus served as the defendant's account, under which he sold information about people who were listed in law enforcement databases for 100 to 300 euros. Initial sales were made through an unidentified forum. Boutry met a fraudster on the forum who helped Boutry create a semi-automated storefront to sell the same data.
In September 2018, Boutry was arrested at the offices of the DGSI after being linked to Haurus as part of a cybercrime investigation.
In June 2021, Boutry's trial took place at Nanterre Criminal Court. Boutry reported to the court during the four-day trial that he had been in debt when he began selling information he extracted from police files through the dark web. According to him, he also sold fake documents, fake identities, and phone geolocations.
A separate court document stated Boutry had changed his ways and stopped being involved in crime. The sentencing hearing for Boutry was held at the criminal court of Nanterre on July 22, 2021. His trial ended with a verdict of guilty on all charges. Seven years in prison was demanded by the prosecution. Although Boutry was sentenced to seven years in prison, two of them were suspended by the presiding judge.
During the same case, the court sentenced two additional defendants. Among the defendants, one was sentenced to three years in prison, two of them suspended, for serving as Boutry's accomplice.
Christophe Nadotti, the other defendant, was accused of being a client of Boutry's. Three years in prison were imposed on him. There is still an investigation underway into a case where a defendant purchased information on people who later died. The prosecutor claims Nadotti obtained information on organized crime figures, and his purchases undoubtedly contributed to several murders. Among his searches were:
Names of well-known drug network leaders involved in drug wars. There was clear wording in the orders. As an example: “Details about his visits to certain locations plus everything possible, number, where he sleeps.”