A hacker who was part of the infamous Dark Overlord group was sentenced to five years in prison for his crimes.
British citizen Nathan Wyatt was jailed by a Missouri court this week after pleading guilty to serious identity theft and computer fraud in 2016. Targeting a number of medical and accounting firms, the group remotely stole data containing related personal information from patients and customers. The Dark Overlord then threatened to sell the data on the dark web unless the companies paid $ 300,000 in bitcoins. It is believed that none of the companies followed the gang's instructions.
The court documents revealed little about the target companies, although they are known to be in Missouri, Illinois and Georgia, media reported Monday.
Wyatt, who was also asked to pay about $ 1.5 million in restitution, told the court through Zoom, "I can promise I am out of this world," adding, "I want for the rest see no other computer in my life. "
The hacker, whose group also took responsibility for the leakage of episodes of Netflix's 'Orange is the New Black' in 2017, didn't orchestrate the actual hacks but did play a role in the overall operation, his attorney Brocca Morrison told the court.
Federal Prosecutor Laura Kathleen Bernstein said the defendant had used his phone account to send threatening messages to relatives of business owners who had data stolen. Bernstein also said Wyatt's actions have so far helped his perpetrators evade justice.
Wyatt was charged in his home country three years ago and was extradited to the US only in 2019 after litigation to keep him on British soil. While in the UK, he served 14 months in prison after pleading guilty to 20 cases of fraud, identification documents and extortion.