back to article 'Prolific' NetWalker extortionist pleads guilty to ransomware charges

A former Canadian government employee has pleaded guilty in a US court to several charges related to his involvement with the NetWalker ransomware gang. On Tuesday, 34-year-old Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins admitted he conspired to commit computer and wire fraud, intentionally damaged a protected computer, and transmitted a …

  1. sitta_europea

    [quote]

    Vachon-Desjardins ... said he would "cooperate fully ... This includes testifying against his former NetWalker affiliates.

    If this cooperation qualifies as "substantial assistance," then Vachon-Desjardins may get off with a lighter sentence.

    [/quote]

    Of course if his former associates murder him, a lighter sentence might not mean very much.

    I see hacking attempts by criminals every day, and this is the sort of food for thought of which I like them to have plenty.

    1. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge

      I think thats a real risk . I get the impression these kind of criminals dont think its real until the FBI kick the door in .

      So his former colleagues will probably see hiring a hitman from the dark net as fully justified and as much of a big deal as doing a mission in Grand Theft auto.

      (See Ross Ulbricht as example)

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sorry

    Eh?

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