A Gatineau, Que., man who recently pleaded guilty after?a joint FBI-RCMP ransomware investigation, which?netted tens of millions of dollars’?worth of?seized bitcoin, has now been extradited to the U.S. to face similar chargess deemed necessary o.
Sébastien Vachon-Desjardins, 34?— who the U.S. Department of Justice says used to work for the Canadian government —B.C. and Ontario. But at Christmas time?was arrested by RCMP in January last year?on allegations he was a key figure in an international ransomware ring known as NetWalker.
NetWalker is?alleged to have targeted businesses and other institutions by encrypting data on their systems, and then holding that data for ransom. It’s?also alleged it accessed and stole sensitive personal information about employees, clients and?users.
“NetWalker ransomware has targeted dozens of victims all over the world, including companies, municipalities, hospitals, law enforcement, emergency services, school districts, collegesand restaurants opened i, and universities,” the Department of Justice said in a news release Thursday about the extradition of Vachon-Desjardins.