November 25, 2020

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Dark Overlord member extradited to the U.S., pleads not guilty plea

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Original Post from SC Magazine
Author: Doug Olenick

An alleged British hacker pleaded not guilty in a U.S. federal court in St. Louis, Mo., to a charge that he conspired to steal sensitive PII with the intention to release those records on criminal marketplaces unless victims paid ransoms.

Nathan Wyatt, 39, purportedly a member of the “Dark Overload” hacking group, was extradited from the U.K. after being indicted by a federal grand jury on November 8, 2017. He faces charges of aggravated identity theft, threatening to damage a protected computer, and conspiring to commit those and other computer fraud offenses, according to the Department of Justice.

On December 18 he appeared
and was arraigned in the Eastern District of Missouri before U.S. Magistrate
Judge Shirley Padmore Mensah. Wyatt was detained pending further
proceedings.

According to the prosecution,
Dark Overload in 2016 reportedly targeted healthcare providers, accounting
firms and other victims in the St. Louis area.

“Today’s extradition shows
that the hackers hiding behind the Dark Overlord moniker will be held
accountable for their alleged extortion of American companies,” stated
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s
Criminal Division, in a press release. 

U.S. Attorney Jeffrey B.
Jensen added, “Cyber criminals who harm victims in the Eastern District of
Missouri cannot hide behind international borders to evade justice.”

The justice department thanked
U.K. law enforcement and international authorities for their substantial
assistance in the investigation.

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