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British Hacker Sentenced to 5 Years for Blackmailing U.S. Companies

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A UK man who threatened to publicly release stolen confidential information unless the victims agreed to fulfill his digital extortion demands has finally pleaded guilty on Monday at U.S. federal district court in St. Louis, Missouri.

Nathan Francis Wyatt , 39, who is a key member of the infamous international hacking group ‘The Dark Overlord,’ has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $1,467,048 in restitution to his victims.

Wyatt, who was extradited to the United States late last year after being held for over two years in the United Kingdom, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit aggravated identity theft and computer fraud.

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U.K. police first arrested Wyatt in September 2016 during an investigation into the hacking of an iCloud account belonging to Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the British royal family member Duchess of Cambridge, and stealing 3,000 images of her.

Though he was released in that case without charge due to lack of evidence, Wyatt was again arrested in September 2017 over hacking companies, credit card frauds, and blackmailing schemes to extort money from the victims.

According to court documents, Wyatt has attacked…

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