Nathan Wyatt of Wellingborough in Northamptonshire has been jailed for five years in the USA.
He was a key member of the hacking team known as The Dark Overlord.
Their speciality was stealing confidential information such as medical records, client files and personal information then ransoming those files back to the owner.
The ransom was between $75,000 and $300,000 but the FBI do not believe any of the companies paid that ransom.
Those companies did suffer financially due to the cost of the intrusions, fixing the problems and dealing with clients.
Nathan Wyatt pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit aggravated identity theft and computer fraud and was also ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution.
The only question left is “If none of the companies paid the ransom, how is he rich enough to pay the restitution?”
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