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The alleged fraudster behind a series of cyber attacks against two of the UK’s biggest high street banks has been extradited from Germany to face charges, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Daniel Kaye, 29, of Egham, Surrey, is accused of attempting to blackmail Lloyds and Barclays using an infected network of computers, known as the Mirai#14 botnet. Both banks were targeted in January this year by “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attacks, which are designed to fire a wave of traffic big enough to jam a company’s online systems. Hackers usually demand a ransom, to be paid in bitcoin, to end the attack.
However, no accounts were hacked or personal data accessed during the January attacks. Neither bank made any ransom payments.
Kaye is also accused of endangering human welfare with an alleged cyber attack against Lonestar MTN, Liberia’s biggest internet provider, in November last year.
“The investigation leading to these charges was complex and crossed borders. Our cyber crime officers have analysed reams of data on the way,” said Luke Wyllie, senior operations manager at the NCA.
“Cyber crime is not victimless and we are determined to bring suspects before the court,” he said.
Kaye was extradited using a European Arrest Warrant and remains in custody. He is expected to appear on Thursday at Westminster Magistrates Court.