Mirai Malware Attacker Extradited From Germany to UK


Daniel Kaye Charged With DDoS, Blackmail Against Lloyds and Barclays Banks

Admitted Mirai malware mastermind Daniel Kaye, 29, has been extradited from Germany to the United Kingdom, where he faces charges that he launched cyberattacks against two of Britain’s biggest banks.

Kaye, a British national from Surrey, England, returned to Britain Wednesday in the custody of officers of the National Crime Agency – Britain’s national law enforcement agency – under a European arrest warrant.

He’s been accused of “using an infected network of computers known as the Mirai#14 botnet to attack and blackmail Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays banks,” according to the NCA.

The bank attacks, which occurred in January 2017, led to the disruption of Lloyds Banking Group services, while Barclays managed to fend off the assault against it, the NCA says.

Kaye is due to appear Thursday in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London to face nine charges against him under the U.K. Computer Misuse Act, as well as two charges of blackmail and one relating to possession of criminal property, Sky News reports.

Kaye has also been charged with having allegedly “endangered human welfare with an alleged cyberattack against Lonestar MTN,” which is the biggest internet provider in the West African coastal republic of Liberia, which has a population of nearly 5 million, NCA says (see Liberia Latest Target for Mirai Botnet).

The NCA says it filed charges against Kaye following a complex investigation that involved assistance from Germany’s BKA, the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany.

“The investigation leading to these charges was complex and crossed borders. Our cybercrime officers have analyzed reams of data on the way,” Luke Wyllie, NCA’s senior operations manager, says in a statement. “Cybercrime is not victimless and we are determined to bring suspects before the courts.”

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