Nathan Francis Wyatt, a UK national and member of the infamous hacking group ‘The Dark Overlord’ was pleaded guilty and sentenced to five years in prison for extorting tens of companies across the world. He was also ordered to pay $1,467,048 as compensation to victims.
As per the court documents, Wyatt, 39 was part of the Dark Overlord hacker group since 2016. He was arrested in 2017 in the UK and extradited to the US in December 2019 to face charges. He was charged by U.S. authorities on six counts of aggravated identity theft, threatening to damage a protected computer and conspiracy.
The group hacked multiple US and UK companies and organizations, stole their sensitive data, and then ask for huge ransoms. If the victims fail to pay, the hackers would sell their data on hacking forums, leak it on the internet, or inform journalists about the breach to defame the hacked company.
The main role of Wyatt was to contact victims and demand ransom payments. He was linked to the group after he used his registered phone numbers to contact some of the victims.
According to Wyatt’s lawyer, Brocca Morrison, he was not the leader of the group even though he is the only member of the group to have been identified. Most of the other members of the hacking group remain at large.
Wyatt pleaded guilty to separate charges, including blackmail and using stolen payment card data. He also admitted that he participated in the conspiracy by creating, validating, and maintaining communication, payment, and VPN accounts that were employed by The Dark Overlord in its attacks.
Wyatt already served 14 months in a UK prison after he pled guilty in a separate indictment related to blackmail, the use of stolen card data, and possession of a fake passport.
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