The Dark Overlord (TDO) hacking group stole data from various organizations and demanded huge ransoms for their return.
Wyatt contacted the victims to request payments and was caught via a phone number linking him to it.
The rest of the group is still at large.
We don’t know how many members there are.
Wyatt was arrested in 2017 in the UK and extradited to the US in December 2019. He had previously been investigated for hacking the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, but was released without further action.
The 39-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Louis to charges of identity theft and computer fraud. During the hearing, held via Zoom, he apologized and reportedly said he never wanted to see another computer for the rest of his life.
He admitted that the group had obtained sensitive data from companies and threatened to disclose it unless the companies paid a ransom between $ 75,000 (£ 58,000) and $ 350,000. No company paid, but he was ordered to pay £ 1.1million in compensation.
US Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C Rabbitt said, “Nathan Wyatt has used his technical skills to tackle Americans’ private data and harnessed the sensitive nature of their medical and financial records for his personal benefit. “.
Crimes for which the TDO has claimed responsibility include: