In the midst of new year festive season, the popular hacker gang – TheDarkOverlord has resurfaced, threatening to release insurance files related to 9/11 attack if required bitcoin ransom is not met.
As reported on Motherboard, the files were stolen on Monday from a law firm which is advisory of Hiscox Group and blackmailed to publicly release the files. The news was confirmed by Hiscox company and hackers were able to gain access to the confidential files.
The hackers tweeted claiming to have stolen thousands of documents from insurance firms such as Lloyds of London, Silverstein Properties, and Hiscox Syndicates. Specifically, these files are claimed to answer the conspiracy theories on 9/11 attack if they required demand is not fulfilled.
Also, as quoted on Motherboard a spokesperson for the Hiscox Group confirmed on attack and stated that,
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
Soon after breach news was confirmed, all the policy holders were alerted and the respective investigation regarding the matter was initiated – said Hiscox’s Group.
The published statement by hackers reveals a small set of letters, emails and other documents that mention various law firms, as well as the Transport Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration. Also, a link to archived files up to 10 GB was leaked containing all details.
Although these files are encrypted, the hackers made it to the point that if specified bitcoin(undisclosed) is not paid, the decryption keys will be released and will uncover all the insurance details involved in the attack. As reported on the Motherboard article, hackers threatened to bring down multiple companies –
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.
On a side note, the hackers announcement start with details like – ‘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 ‘.Despite all these incidents, Hiscox stated that insurance-related information isn’t going to yield much of benefit to them.
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