Bengaluru:Cryptocurrency hacker Sriki@Sri krishna and his friend Vishnu Bhat detained after indulging drunken brawl in star hotel

Pramesh S Jain & Yogesh K Porwar

The Jeevanbheemanagar police arrest alleged Bitcoin scamster Sri Krishna and his friend Vishnu Bhat from a Five-star hotel in Bengaluru for assaulting hotel staff.

A 25-year-old computer hacker,was arrested by CCB for allegedly hacking websites to steal data and money, which he would then convert into bitcoins and use it to purchase drugs from the dark net, has been detained by Jeevanbheemanagar Nagar police for drunken brawl in a star hotel situated on the old airport road on Saturday.

Based on the complaint filed by hotel staff, the police arrested Sri Krishna and his associate identified as Vishnu Bhat and are being questioned.

Sri krishna alias Sriki was staying in the hotel after he was out on bail two months ago .

He had a heated arguments with his friend and later when the argument took an ugly turn,the staff alerted police.

Immediately Hoysala Patrolling staff rushed to spot and after getting information that Sri krishna alias Sriki a most wanted hacker is in the hotel.

Immediately they alerted the senior officers immediately inspector Rajanna along with ACP Kumar D with DCP East,Dr SD Sharanappa,Addl CP East S Murugan too rushed to spot to collect information and the team detained Sriki alias Sri krishna and his friend Vishnu Bhat who is a Bhima jewellers owners son.

The police team conducted search in his room and recovered laptop and other electronic gadgets from his room for verification.

Right now he has been detained for questioning and based on the outcome necessary action will be taken,a senior officer, said.

The CCB arrested him in November last year in a drug case.A detailed questioning led to his website hacks to money and Bitcoins.The police have recovered bitcoins worth Rs.9 crores from him.

Sri Krishna,also reportedly carried out ransom ware attacks where after hacking a website, he would encrypt data and demand payment from owners for the site to be unlocked.

His modus operandi came to light during an ongoing investigation into an international drug racket where seven people have been arrested, including former Minister Rudrappa Lamani’s son Darshan Lamani and his associates Hemanth and Suneesh Hegde was arrested his role was revealed.

Sri Krishna studied till pre-university in Bengaluru before enrolling in a university in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he graduated in computer science in 2017.