A UK national has pleaded guilty and will be sent to prison for his involvement in the ill-famed hacker group “The Dark Overlord.” The group breached and stole sensitive data from various businesses and demanded the ransoms to be settled in Bitcoin.
The Dark Overlord Member Jailed
The US Department of Justice announced yesterday that Nathan Wyatt, 39, has pled guilty to conspiring to commit aggravated identity theft and computer fraud. Consequently, he received a sentence to five years in federal prison and has to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution.
According to the documents, Wyatt was an active member of the infamous “The Dark Overlord” hacker’s group. His responsibilities included initiating contact and handling the ransom negotiations.
The notorious group has been held responsible for stealing tons of personal and client data from healthcare providers, accounting firms, etc. Bleeping Computers even reported that the group hacked Netflix in 2017.
“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. Today’s guilty plea and sentence demonstrate the department’s commitment to ensuring that hackers who seek to profit by illegally invading the privacy of Americans will be found and held accountable, no matter where they may be located.” – commented Acting Assistance Attorney General Brian Rabbitt.
In remotely accessing numerous companies’ computer networks without authorization, The Dark Overlord contacted the victims to demand ransom not to share the sensitive information.
Wyatt admitted that the demand varied from $75,000 to $350,000. However, the hacker’s group always requested the same form of payment – Bitcoin.
A couple of years back, The Dark Overlord took responsibility for an attack that saw thousands of insurance claims from the September 11th terrorist attacks stolen. According to Forbes, they planned to use those files to spread fears regarding conspiracy theories.
The Dark Overlord even caused several online crowdfunding drives, saying that they will publish documents once they reach specific financial goals ranging from $250 to $2 million in Bitcoin.
The group defended their actions by declaring that they were declaring only the truth. Nevertheless, they reportedly informed Forbes that “we are doing this to fuel our Bitcoin wallets.”