British Hacker Joseph O’Connor, also known online as PlugwalkJoe, has been sentenced to five years in a United States prison for his role in stealing $794,000 worth of cryptocurrency via a SIM swap attack on a crypto exchange executive in April 2019.

O’Connor was initially arrested in Spain in July 2021 and was extradited to the U.S. on April 26, 2023. In May, he pled guilty to a slew of charges relating to conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering — to name a few.

SIM swaps are still a big issue