TheDarkOverload hacker group claims to have stolen documents related to 9/11. They’re now demanding ransom in Bitcoin to not leak the stolen info.
FBI and CIA might’ve found their ways of tracking Bitcoin payments, but it seems that the criminals who’re smart enough are still aware of some ways to keep their Bitcoin use secret from the world. Because there’s a new hack attack done by the popular hacking group TheDarkOverload, and the hackers have chosen Bitcoin as their method to accept ransom payments.
That’s right. According to an update posted by the hackers from their official Twitter handle (the handle has been suspended since then) and a report published by Motherboard DarkOverload group has stolen documents related to 9/11 attack on World Trade Center. They claim to have stolen these documents from 3 insurance firms (namely Lloyds of London, Hiscox Syndicates and Silverstein Properties), and now threatening of leaking the documents publicly, which will answer several conspiracy theories related to the attack. Now they’re demanding ransom payments in Bitcoin to not leak those documents. You can see their tweet below:
Furthermore, a spokesperson for Hiscox Syndicates has confirmed the breach and theft of documents. Given below is what company spokesperson told Motherboard:
“The law firm’s systems are not connected to Hiscox’s IT infrastructure and Hiscox’s own systems were unaffected by this incident. One of the cases the law firm handled for Hiscox and other insurers related to litigation arising from the events of 9/11, and we believe that information relating to this was stolen during that breach.”
Motherboard’s report also reveals that the group has already published several email conversations and posted letters. The communications posted name several individuals, Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Security Administration. They’ve also released an archived (but encrypted) file containing other stolen documents. They’re threatening to release the decryption keys of that file, which will unleash a new wave of liabilities. Given below is what they said in their demand letter:
“If you continue to fail us, we’ll escalate these releases by releasing the keys, each time a Layer is opened, a new wave of liability will fall upon you.”
Hiscox Syndicates, however, has said that leaking insurance documents isn’t going to reveal much.
Now it will be interesting to see whether demands of these hackers are met or not. If not, then what can be the consequences of not meeting those demands (or the consequences of stealing information, as it’s not easy to mess up with FBI or CIA and escape untouched).