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Accused ‘NetWalker’ Ransomware Hacker Agrees to Plead Guilty

  • Former Canadian government employee extradited to US this year
  • NetWalker crew extorted $46 million from victims, report says

A former Canadian government employee has agreed to plead guilty in the US to charges that he worked for a ransomware gang that researchers say has reaped almost $50 million in illegal payments during the past two years. 

Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins has agreed to plead guilty to hacking-related charges, according to court documents filed Tuesday in federal court in Tampa. He was accused of working as part of a digital extortion group known as NetWalker.