THE DARK OVERLORD GROUP MEMBER EXTRADITED TO US ON HACKING CHARGES

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Wyatt is said to have headed calls to victims making ransom demands and tried to avoid extradition to the US to face an indictment against him



Another member of the popular hacking group The Dark Overlord has been extradited to the US to be heard in court on charges of hacking and extortion of US based companies.

Nathan Francis Wyatt, a citizen of the United Kingdom, is accused of being part of a group that were responsible for hacking accounting companies, Hollywood production companies, real estate firms, financial establishments and even healthcare providers within the Missouri state and in other states in the US and holding them to ransom; with their data as leverage between 2016 and 2017.

The charges against him in his now unsealed indictment include conspiracy, three counts of threatening to damage a protected computer, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Prior to this, he was in court for the last 11 months fighting against an extradition order to the U.S and lost.

Pictured here is Nathan Wyatt (39)

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Beyond that The Dark Overlord group is also known for taking pride in claiming responsibility for tens of hacking attacks. Dwelling on the notoriety this provides, they also seem to enjoy taunting their victims; even playing dangerous games with their victims including sending bomb threats to schools in Montana after administrators refused to pay them ransoms in 2018.

Not strangers to the extreme, they even started sending death threats to the students in the schools involved.

They mostly employed a rather vicious tactic in dealing with their victims; sometimes forcing them into signing legal contracts stipulating their acceptance to the ransom demands and their responsibilities as well as leaking sensitive data with no concern at all to the general public and with journalists to start scandals and negative press if the victims refused to cooperate.

Other times, they also engaged in mainly annoying attacks such as leaking episodes of yet unreleased movies and TV shows stolen from production companies and television networks.

39-year-old Wyatt’s involvement in several attempts is strongly alleged in the indictments brought against him, with law enforcement stating that on several occasions, Wyatt under the alias Crafty Cockney, was suspected as one of the team members calling victims with ransom demands.

He is also known for other hacking activities mainly in the UK and was arrested in 2016 because law enforcement suspected he had hacked into the iCloud account of a member of the Royal family, Pippa Middleton – sister to the Duchess of Cambridge. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to 20 separate counts of fraud, blackmail and holding a fake passport.

He was in court in Saint Louis on Wednesday for the indictment where he pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.

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