A member of the well-known hacker group The Dark Overlord received five years in prison for stealing confidential data and threatening to disclose it in case of refusing to pay a ransom in BTC.
According to court documents, the US Department of Justice sentenced British citizen Nathan Wyatt to five years in prison after pleading guilty to belonging to the notorious hacker organization The Dark Overlord.
The Dark Overlord hackers stole medical data, customer files and personal information from American companies, and then demanded from $ 75,000 to $ 300,000 BTC in return. The group allegedly hacked Netflix in 2017, as well as many other companies and healthcare providers around the world.
According to the court, Wyatt’s role was to contact victims – usually company executives – by phone and email and demand a ransom in BTC after the data was compromised. In some cases, he even threatened family members of the victims.
Wyatt was identified as a hacker by The Dark Overlord after using phone numbers registered in his name to contact some of the victims. This led to his arrest in Britain in 2017, after which he was extradited to the US for bringing charges in 2019.
Wyatt pleaded guilty to US federal court on Monday on six counts, ranging from conspiracy to aggravated identity theft to computer fraud. He was also ordered to pay about $ 1.5 million in compensation.
Theft of confidential information and the subsequent demand for ransom in cryptocurrency is quite common. For example, in May, Sodinokibi hackers, who stole 756 GB of celebrity data from a law firm, demanded $ 42 million in XMR and threatened to publish compromising information on the US president.