A US district judge has sentenced a UK National to five years in federal prison for taking part in the cybercrime activities of hacking collective group “The Dark Overlord.” Nathan Wyatt was extradited from the united kingdom to the united states in December 2019 for targeting computer networks of American companies. Victims include healthcare accounting and providers firms in the St. Louis, Missouri area where Wyatt faced charges. He’s got pleaded guilty to aggravated identity computer and theft fraud, and based on the Justice Department, he’s got admitted to being truly a known person in The Dark Overlord since 2016.
The group is notorious for remotely accessing the computer networks of companies in america to steal sensitive data, such as for example patient medical records and personal identifying information. They’d then threaten release a that data unless the victim companies pay a ransom that always falls between $75,000 and $350,000 in bitcoin. In 2017 back, the group infamously leaked new Orange May be the New Black episodes even with the post-production company they stole the files from paid a $50,000 ransom. Year last, they dumped a lot of 9/11-related documents online also.
Aside from confirming he was area of the Dark Overlord, Wyatt revealed the precise roles he played within the combined group. The Justice Department says he admitted to taking part in conspiracy “by creating, validating, and maintaining communication, payment, and virtual private network accounts” that the group used to threaten and extort victims in Missouri.
US Attorney Jeff Jensen of the Eastern District of Missouri said in a statement:
“The Dark Overlord has victimized innumerable employers in the usa, most of them repeatedly. I’m grateful to the victims who came forward despite ransom threats also to the prosecutors and agents who have been the first ever to catch and punish an associate of The Dark Overlord in the usa.”