NetWalker ransomware affiliate extradited to the US for further charges

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The NetWalker ransomware gang affiliate who was sentenced to seven years in prison by Canadian courts at the end of January was extradited to the United States on Wednesday, where he will face further charges related to his participation in the gang.

Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins, a Canadian citizen, received the Canadian prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to five charges related to “theft of computer data, extortion, the payment of cryptocurrency ransoms, and participating in the activities of a criminal organisation”.

The charges in Canada were for Vachon-Desjardins’s involvement in 17 ransomware attacks that caused at least $2.8 million in damages. 

He also received an additional 54-month sentence in Canada for trafficking drugs in Quebec in the following weeks.

Vachon-Desjardins’ extradition to the United States was originally set for an earlier date, but was delayed due to the Netwalker affiliate’s drug trafficking charges in Canada being outstanding.

With Vachon-Desjardins now in the United States, he faces further charges that accuse him of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and wire fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer, and transmitting a demand in relation to damaging a protected computer.

If convicted in the United States, the 34-year old Canadian

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