A British male suspected to be a member of ‘The Dark Overlord,’ an infamous worldwide hacking group, has finally been extradited to the United States soon after staying held for above two years in the United Kingdom.
Nathan Francis Wyatt, 39, appeared in federal courtroom in St. Louis, Missouri, on Wednesday to facial area expenses related to his job in hacking health care and accounting businesses in the U.S. and then threatening to publish stolen data except if victims paid a ransom in Bitcoin.
According to a court indictment unsealed yesterday, Wyatt faces one particular rely of conspiracy, two counts of aggravated identity theft and three counts of threatening to problems a protected personal computer.
On the other hand, the suspect has not however pledged guilty to any of the rates in the U.S. federal courtroom, in which he appeared after battling for 11 months to avoid remaining extradited from Britain.
Cyber Attacks by The Dark Overlord Group
British police 1st arrested Wyatt in September 2016 for the duration of an investigation into the hacking of an iCloud account belonging to Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the British royal loved ones member Duchess of Cambridge, and thieving 3,000 illustrations or photos of her.
Nevertheless he was released in that case without cost thanks to lack of proof, Wyatt was once again arrested in September 2017 more than hacking providers, credit score card fraud, and blackmail strategies.
The indictment does not name the businesses allegedly attacked by The Dark Overlord hacking team in between February 2016 and June 2017 but says the victims incorporate numerous healthcare vendors and accounting companies in Missouri, Illinois, and Georgia states.
Nonetheless, the Dark Overload is the very same hacking crew that beforehand has been attributed to a selection of hacking attacks, which include leaking 10 unreleased episodes of the 5th season of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ sequence from Netflix and hacking Gorilla Glue, Very little Purple Door cancer services company, among some others.
The Dark Overlord Threatened Victims and their Relatives
According to the push release published by the Justice Office, Wyatt made and operated the e mail and cell phone accounts to threaten the compromised companies to extort dollars, and in case victims refused to pay, Wyatt harassed and threatened their family.
Amongst other threatening messages the defendant sent to the victims, the indictment accused Wyatt of sending threatening textual content messages to the daughter of a person of the proprietors of the Farmington firm, asking her, “hello … you seem tranquil … by the way did your daddy notify you he refused to pay us when we stole his corporation documents?”
The hacking group associates also threatened to simply call the community accountants’ clientele “1 by one particular” until the company paid the ransom.
“Today’s extradition reveals that the hackers hiding driving The Dim Overlord moniker will be held accountable for their alleged extortion of American providers,” claimed Brian A. Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney Common of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
“We are grateful for the close cooperation of our companions in the United Kingdom in making certain that the defendant will encounter justice in U.S. courtroom.”
Prosecutors have questioned the court docket to keep Wyatt in jail right until demo.