NetWalker ransomware gang member sentenced to 7 years in prison

Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins, a NetWalker ransomware gang member, pleaded guilty to 5 charges including data theft and ransom.

In January 2021, Hackread.com reported how the infamous NetWalker ransomware was disrupted and dismantled in an international law enforcement operation. As a result, authorities managed to arrest a Canadian national, Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins, for his affiliation with the NetWalker ransomware operation.

The latest news is that Vachon-Desjardins pleaded guilty in an Ontario court on January 31, 2022, and has been sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Accused Pleads Guilty to 5 Charges

According to court documents published earlier this month, Sebastian Vachon-Desjardins pleaded guilty to 5 charges. The charges include “theft of computer data, extortion, the payment of cryptocurrency ransoms, and participating in the activities of a criminal organization.”

Apart from the seven-year sentence, the accused agreed to partial restitution, a DNA order, and forfeiture of assets seized. 

Seized Onion website of the NetWalker ransomware gang

Vachon-Desjardins was implicated in seventeen ransomware attacks that caused a minimum of $2.8 million of losses to Canadian businesses. According to Ontario court judge G. Paul Renwick, the defendant was a significant player in all the offenses.

The Defendant was not an insignificant actor in these

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