Brit extradited over claims he was key member of ‘Dark Overlord’

A British man has been extradited to the US on suspicion of being a key member of the Dark Overlord hacking crew.

Nathan Wyatt, 39, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire appeared in a federal district court in eastern Missouri to face charges of aggravated identity theft, threatening damage to a protected computer and conspiracy.

It is claimed Wyatt was one of a group of people operating under the Dark Overlord banner in 2016, who accessed computer networks and obtained sensitive information before threatening to release the data unless they paid a ransom in bitcoin.

In one case, it is alleged members of the Dark Overlord sent texts to the daughter of a business owner, starting: “Hi … you look peaceful,” before telling her that her patient files would be released in four days because “your daddy” had refused to pay them.

Prosecutors say Wyatt created and operated the email and phone accounts that were used to threaten the organisations and instruct them how to pay the ransom.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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