Dark Overlord hacker pleads responsible

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Nathan Wyatt

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A Northamptonshire man who was a member of a hacking group which stole hospital sufferers’ information and Netflix exhibits has been sentenced to 5 years in jail within the US.

The Dark Overlord (TDO) hacking group stole information from a variety of organisations, and demanded big ransoms for its return.

Wyatt contacted victims to ask for funds, and was caught through a phone quantity linking him to this.

The remainder of the group stays at giant.

It is unclear what number of members there are.

Wyatt was arrested in 2017 within the UK and extradited to the US in December 2019. He had beforehand been investigated for hacking the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, however was launched with no additional motion taken.

The 39-year-old pleaded responsible in a federal court docket in St Louis to expenses of identification theft and laptop fraud. During the listening to, held through Zoom, he apologised and reportedly mentioned that he by no means needed to see one other laptop for the remainder of his life.

He admitted that the group had obtained delicate information from firms, and threatened to launch the info except the businesses paid a ransom of between $75,000 (£58,000) and $350,000. No firms paid up, however he was ordered to pay £1.1m in compensation.

Acting US Assistant Attorney General Brian C Rabbitt mentioned: “Nathan Wyatt used his technical skills to prey on Americans’ private data and exploited the sensitive nature of their medical and financial records for his own personal gain”.

The crimes the TDO has claimed duty for embody:

  • hacking three healthcare organisations and promoting greater than 650,000 affected person information on the darkish internet
  • hacking Netflix and leaking episodes of Orange is the New Black
  • promoting greater than 9.three million affected person information from an unnamed healthcare insurance coverage supplier

Related Topics

  • Cyber-crime

  • Computer hacking

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