Thanks to the decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies, more hackers than ever are demanding their ransom in cryptocurrency rather than fiat currency. That trend appears to be continuing, as the a hacker group has now demanded a Bitcoin (BTC) ransom on New Year’s Eve, threatening to release documents that it claims are extremely sensitive.
About The Group
The hacker group is none other than Dark Overlord, a globally-known hacker group responsible for high-profile attacks. The group has previously targeted the medical sector, by threatening to release sensitive medical records, and the entertainment sector, demanding money from Netflix to prevent the release of episodes of the hit TV show Orange Is The New Black.
The hackers are claiming that the information stolen actually relates to the 9/11 attacks, the largest and most infamous terrorist attack on the United States of America. Specifically, the hackers seem to hint at a conspiracy, stating in a tweet that they would be “providing answers” about 9/11 conspiracies. The Twitter account associated with the hacking group has since been suspended, but you can see the tweet below:
It’s important to note that the Dark Overlord apparently might not be bluffing about the actual attack, although it is unclear about the nature of the information that they do have. The group announced after the attack: “Hiscox Syndicates Ltd and Lloyds of London are some of the biggest insurers on the planet insuring everything from the smallest policies to some of the largest policies on the planet, and who even insured structures such as the World Trade Centers,” the announcement reads.”
A spokesman for the Hiscox group confirmed that a security breach actually took place. In addition, the spokesman seemed to also confirm that the data obtained was related to the terrorist attacks. In an e-mail, the spokesman stated: “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.”