Liberian Who Launched Cyber Attacks Against 2 Of Britain Biggest Banks In Germany Extradited To UK

Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. (Photo: GrimsbyT, via Wikimedia/CC)

Admitted Mirai malware mastermind Daniel Kaye, 29, a Liberian, has been extradited from Germany to the United Kingdom, where he faces charges that he launched cyber attacks 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.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.