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Netwalker ransomware jailed for 20 years

Updated on 2022-10-09: Netwalker ransomware jailed for 20 years

Former Netwalker ransomware affiliate Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins is sentenced to 20 years in prison and must forfeit $21.5 million in ransomware proceeds for his role in attacks on several U.S. companies. The Canadian national and former Canadian government employee was extradited from Quebec to face trial in the United States. The judge in the case sentenced the cybercriminal way above the federal sentencing guidelines of 12-15 years, a sign of how seriously the U.S. is taking prosecuting ransomware actors. Read more: Netwalker ransomware affiliate sentenced to 20 years in prison

Updated on 2022-10-05

A federal court judge in Florida has sentenced Sebastian Vachon-Desjardins to 20 years in prison for his role in a series of NetWalker ransomware attacks that extorted millions of dollars from organizations all over the world. Vachon-Desjardins was extradited to the US from Canada to face the charges of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer and transmitting a demand in relation to damaging a protected computer.


  • Here is some good news for your Friday. While you may be celebrating the conviction of Vachon-Desjardins for his role in extorting funds, don’t hold your breath expecting full remuneration to his victims.


Overview: Netwalker affiliate sentenced in the US

In addition, after receiving a seven-year prison sentence in Canada, Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins, a Canadian national who worked as an affiliate for the Netwalker ransomware operation, received an additional 20 years in prison in the US. Read more:

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