Hackers Attempt to Extort Money from Law Firm

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  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

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    Motherboard reports that a group of hackers breached a law firm's servers containing case files related to the September 11 attacks. The the hackers supposedly sent an encrypted datafile to Motherboard, before publishing it on the web, and claim they will release the file's encryption keys if their ransom demands aren't met. "The Dark Lord" hacker group previously stole photos from plastic surgeons and leaked an entire season of Orange is the New Black. The FBI reportedly arrested several members of the group earlier this year, but apparently, they didn't find all of them. Interestingly, this hack is related to a breach that was quietly announced by Hiscox in April of 2018.

    In its announcement published on Pastebin, The Dark Overlord points to several different insurers and legal firms, claiming specifically that it hacked Hiscox Syndicates Ltd, Lloyds of London, and Silverstein Properties... "If you're one of the dozens of solicitor firms who was involved in the litigation, a politician who was involved in the case, a law enforcement agency who was involved in the investigations, a property management firm, an investment bank, a client of a client, a reference of a reference, a global insurer, or whoever else, you're welcome to contact our e-mail below and make a request to formally have your documents and materials withdrawn from any eventual public release of the materials. However, you'll be paying us," the group's post reads. As The Dark Overlord's announcement notes, the breach itself was previously reported in vague terms by a specialist legal publication, and Hiscox Group pointed Motherboard to the firm's own April 2018 announcement of a data breach.
     
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  2. Zuul

    Zuul Gawd

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    Good. Now burn all people included in banking. With fire and napalm.
     
  3. tunatime

    tunatime 2[H]4U

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    Man why can't they hack some gov sever somewhere and post all the pics of aliens and what not?
     
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    umeng2002 Gawd

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    Oh the irony....
     
  5. Joust

    Joust 2[H]4U

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    Assuming they took reasonable steps to keep the data secure in the first place, how are they liable for what some blackmailers threaten to do?
     
  7. aokman

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    Extorting a law firm... gee what could go wrong :ROFLMAO:
     
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  8. Wiffle

    Wiffle Limp Gawd

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    Whats kind of interesting about this is the conspiracy nuts are probably slavering over this right now. So regardless if there is anything truly incriminating in there, its going to be everywhere overnight and the snakes are going to twist it to whatever they feel supports their claims.

    But if there is any kind of incriminating evidence in there... Oh Lord the repercussions will be huge...

    Just remember folks, since the dawn of the Internet, all your dark secrets are permanently recorded upon it, and they can all be found. And at some point in time, technology will allow us to view into the past, at which point nobody is safe.
     
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    dr_drift Limp Gawd

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    Especially the caveman Gruk, who pretended to be overcome with sickness while the rest of the tribe went on the mammoth hunt so that he could stay back and jerk off to cave paintings of his hunt-mates Nak and Krog. Men cannot form breeding pairs with other men, so acting as a breeding pair was worthy of exile into the jungle.

    Guy's secret survives for 200,000 years, now we're gonna blow him up to his tribe like a bunch of dicks?
     
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    1Nocturnal101 Gawd

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    I almost wonder if anything juicy was in those files, it would be great if some slimes garbage were to be known that the law firm or others involved tried to hide
     
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    There has to be some good stuff if this group is going to go to these sort of lengths... Not their first rodeo
     
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    infinity9 Limp Gawd

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    This will become much more common. Doctors and lawyers don't like paying for expensive IT. They don't see it as an equal to what they do but it's getting very expensive fast.
     
  13. YeuEmMaiMai

    YeuEmMaiMai [H]ardForum Junkie

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    if it is connected to any network it is not secure....
     
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    motomonkey [H]ard|Gawd

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    This entire thread has gone completely off the rails....

    Anyway, should be interesting to see if this story fades away as the law firm pays off the hackers or we get a massive dump of privileged client information....
     
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    motomonkey [H]ard|Gawd

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    I think it’s about time this thread was locked, the original thread has been hijacked and nothing useful is being discussed.
     
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  16. Paul_Johnson

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    Yes it has but I am leaving it open for now after cleaning it up. If it goes off topic again, I'll close it and people will have a few days off to ponder their navel.

    Also, in the future people use report post when this happens. It shouldn't go on for days like this.