On New Year’s Eve 2019, a group of hackers announced that they had hacked into a law firm handling cases of the September 11, 2001 attacks known as the 9/11 Tragedy.
They also threatened to release large cache of temporary data from internal files openly, unless their request was fulfilled.
The news was later identified by US authorities as a public extortion attempt from the gang known as The Dark Overlord, which had previously targeted Netflix production studios, as well as a number of private medical and business centers throughout Uncle Sam’s country.
This news also indicates the evolution of the strategy of The Dark Overlord, which has evolved by using the media to put pressure on victims. They claimed to have distributed threats and stole data in a broader way.
In an announcement published on Pastebin’s website, The Dark Overlord pointed to several different insurance companies and law firms, claiming specifically that they hacked Hiscox Syndicates Ltd, Lloyds of London, and Silverstein Properties.
“Hiscox Syndicates Ltd and Lloyds of London are some of the largest insurance companies on the planet that insure all sectors, ranging from the smallest policies to some of the biggest policies, and that even insure structures such as the World Trade Center,” wrote the conspirator, as quoted from the iflscience website .com, Tuesday (1/15/2019).
However, it is not known exactly what exactly the hackers stole the document. What is clear is that they are trying to use conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks.
“We will provide many answers about the conspiracy of 9.11 through our 18,000 confidential documents that we leaked from @HiscoxComms and others,” the group wrote via social media such as Twitter with an account @ tdo_h4ck3rs on Monday, December 31, 2018.
A spokesman for Hiscox Group confirmed that the hackers had violated a law firm as a corporate advisor, and were likely to steal files relating to the litigation surrounding the 9/11 attacks.
“The law firm’s system is not connected to Hiscox’s IT infrastructure and Hiscox’s system itself is not affected by this incident. One of the cases handled by the law firm Hiscox and other insurance companies related to the 9/11 litigation, believes that information relating to this was stolen during the violation, “the spokesman wrote in an e-mail or e-mail.
“After Hiscox was notified of a violation of the law firm’s data, we took decisive action and notified policyholders to do things that needed to be done immediately. We will continue to communicate with law enforcement in the United Kingdom and the United States about this issue,” the party added. Hiscox.
On the one hand, Lloyds of London was reluctant to comment anything.
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Meanwhile, the hacking group published a small series of letters, e-mails, and other documents mentioning various law firms, including the Transport Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The documents themselves seem quite harmless, but the group continues to upload more files.
In a blackmail note, The Dark Overlord includes a link to a 10GB (gigabyte) document archive that he allegedly stole. The cache inside is encrypted, but the hackers continue to open the ‘key’ and various sets of documents at once, unless the company that becomes the victim is willing to pay hackers with a ransom fee in the form of Bitcoin.
“Pay, or we will bury you with everything about this. If you fail, then we will re-disclose other documents. Every time the ‘key’ encryption we open, then a new wave of responsibility will befall you,” read the blackmail note.
The Dark Overlord also claimed, they offered to sell the data in the web hacking forum, and tried to blackmail individuals who might be related in the document.
If you are one of dozens of lawyering companies involved in litigation, a politician is involved in this case, a law enforcement agency involved in the investigation.