A U.K. based national named Nathan Wyatt and a member of the Dark Overlord hacking group has been handed five years of a jail sentence after he has pleaded guilty to all of the federal charges that he was booked for. The defendant is also bound to pay compensation of $1,467,048.
The 39-year-old accused had been charged for stealing the personally identifiable information or PII of the customers of various U.S. firms, the conspiracy of identity theft along with the computer fraud. All of his activities had begun from 2016 onwards.
After the defendant had stolen the sensitive data of the customers, he started blackmailing the victim firms and forced them into paying a ransom in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. In case if they refused, the defendant had also threatened them, stating that he would release their customers’ credentials on the dark markets and other criminal forums.
The accused had targeted the computer networks of a considerable number of U.S. firms in St. Louis of Missouri, and the trial had been held in the same city. Most of the victims were either the healthcare providers or the accounting firms.
Back in 2018, the Serbian authorities had also arrested a man from Belgrade aged 38 years who was suspected of being one of the Dark Overlord members or the DarkOverlord hacking group.
As it is mentioned by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the defendant was an active participant of the Dark Overlord hackers collective, and he had admitted to participating in the cybercrime activities of the group since 2016.
In December 2019, the accused was extradited to the U.S. following his arrest in Britain.
The DoJ’s Criminal Division’s Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt said in a press release that Wyatt used his technical expertise to “prey on Americans’ private data and exploited the sensitive nature of their medical and financial records for his own personal gain.”
To this, Jeff Jensen, a U.S. Attorney had added that the Dark Overlord hacking group had already targeted and crippled numerous U.S. businesses, of which some were targeted back and forth.
Richard Quinn, the FBI’s St. Louis Field Office Special Agent in-charge had stated that the FBI had demonstrated yet again that it would impose the consequences on the cybercriminals despite their locations and the duration required.
As reported, the accused had confessed that he had collaborated with the infamous hacking group, the Dark Overlord for obtaining the sensitive data comprising of the PII and medical records. It simultaneously asked for a ransom of $75,000 to $350,000 in Bitcoin (BTC). Furthermore, he has also admitted of participation in the conspiracy against the U.S. firms by:
“Creating, validating, and maintaining communication, payment, and virtual private network accounts that were used in the course of the scheme to, among other things, send threatening and extortionate messages to victims within the Eastern District of Missouri.”
The FBI’s Atlanta Field Office and the FBI’s St. Louis Field Office had jointly investigated while the DOJ’s Office of International Affairs had facilitated the extradition of the accused.
The Dark Overlord Hacking Group Is Responsible For The Hacked Healthcare Industry
The Dark Overlord had first surfaced the news headlines back in June 2016 when a news portal had exclusively reported on a data breach. In the data loss incident, the infamous group had stolen a healthcare insurance database containing the personal details of 47,864 patients from a firm located in Farmington, Missouri.
Along with this, the Dark Overlord hackers group had also stolen a database from one of the healthcare organizations in the Central or the Midwest United States. The database comprised of the personal details of 397,000 patients from the Atlanta of Georgia.
Other than the medical records, the databases included the gender information, the full names, Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and the date of birth of the patients. Back then, the stolen databases were sold for 300 BTC that accounted to 197,940.00 US Dollars in June 2016 and 2,482,093.00 US Dollars currently.
This is not it to the criminal activities or cyberattacks of the Dark Overlord hacking group. It exploited a 0day within the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) of a hacked clinic and sold them for 20 BTC on the darknet, targeted the London Bridge Plastic Surgery (LBPS) and held the patient’s data for ransom, hacked into Netflix Studio and accessed copies of a series and leaked on the Pirate Bay. It also sent death threats to the students of Johnston Community School District following the data hack of the students.
Source: Hack Read
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