A Hacker Was Jailed for 20 Years: He Earned $27 Million on Viruses
The District Court of Florida (USA) sentenced 34-year-old IT engineer Sebastian Vachon-Desjardins to 20 years in prison for carrying out at least 90 cyberattacks.
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It is noted that for several years of the hacker activity, using the NetWalker encryption virus, earned about $27 million. During the search, a crypto wallet was found at Vachon-Desjardins, on which 719 bitcoins were stored, which was about $22 million at the time of the cybercriminal’s arrest in January 2022.
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According to the investigation, the 34-year-old “IT specialist” acted in collusion with other hackers. Vachon-Desjardins himself played the role of an attacker: he infected the corporate networks of various companies with a virus and then demanded a ransom from them. Organizations from the USA, Canada, and several European countries suffered from criminal activities.
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What other consequences?
It is noted that, in addition to the prison term, the court also imposed a fine on Vachon-Desjardins for $21 million. Also, the criminal will have to pay compensation to the companies affected by his actions. The amount of damages has not yet been determined.
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