Sébastien Vachon-Desjardins, a former affiliate of the Netwalker ransomware group, has just been sentenced to 20 years in prison following cyberattacks against several companies in which he participated. He must also forfeit his $21.5 million win.
In the Sébastien Vachon-Desjardins judgment reportwe can read : “Defendant is hereby released into the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a term of TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY (240) MONTHS.“, or 20 years in prison!
This heavy sentence is justified on several counts. Indeed, this 34-year-old Canadian was sentenced by a Florida court after pleading guilty to “conspiracy to commit computer fraud“, of “conspiracy to commit wire fraud“, of “intentional damage to a protected computer” and of “transmission of a request in connection with damage to a protected computer“.
For him, the problems will not stop after these 20 years spent behind bars since upon his release, Mr. Vachon-Desjardins will also have to serve three years of probation. During this period, he will not have the right to hold a job in the field of IT, nor to use a computer connected to the Internet, a smartphone, a game console or an electronic device!
And finally, the judge made the decision to confiscate his money: 21.5 million dollars ! This is undoubtedly a sum he obtained through his malicious activities.
Sébastien Vachon-Desjardins was arrested in Quebec on January 27, 2021due to its affiliation with the Netwalker ransomware group (a ransomware-as-a-service) launched in 2019. During this arrest, law enforcement was able to get their hands on 719 Bitcoins and 790,000 Canadian dollars. Then Vachon-Desjardins was extradited to the United States in March 2022.
To see if this heavy sentence makes some people who participate in the activities of ransomware groups think twice…! What is your opinion on the matter?
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