Hacker Group Requests Bitcoin Payment for Classified and Secret Documents from 9/11
The hacker group called The Dark Overlord is threatening to release secret files related to 9/11 attacks. A few days ago, The Dark Overlord wrote on Twitter that they were able to have access to hundreds of classified documents related to the World Trade Center attack back in 2001.
For future reference and pending any twitter removal, here are screenshots of what we are referencing in this article:
This hacking group is already known for releasing episodes of the TV series Orange is the New Black. At the same time, the hackers were also able to steal information from medical centres and many other private businesses around the world, including the United States. The information that they gather is usually sold using the dark web.
This time, they claim that they have several documents related to the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. In a recent note published on Pastebin, the hackers claim that there are five layers of information and that they can release the documents if interested users pay in Bitcoin (BTC).
Apparently, there are some insurers and legal firms that are involved and affected by this hack, including Hiscox Syndicates Ltd, Lloyds of London and Silverstein Properties. The Dark Overlord claims they have
The hackers wrote about the hacking issues:
“There’s five layers to go. Layer 1, 2, 3, 4 and fine finally Layer 5. Each layer contains more secrets, more damaging materials, more SSI, more SCI, more government investigation materials, and generally just more truth.”
They went on saying that they are motivated by money, specifically Bitcoin and that they know that people are motivated by knowing the truth about what happened on September 9, 2001. There is no information about which files the group has or what they talk about.
Each of the layers has different checkpoints that would be releasing more and more documents as soon as the payments are processed. The first checkpoint starts at $250 paid in BTC and the hackers would be releasing 25 ‘random’ documents from the Layer 1. The second checkpoint would be activated once $500 USD in BTC is reached. The last layer, the number 5, costs $2,000,000 and it would release all the documents included in this last layer.
Furthermore, the hackers have also included a link for a 10GB archive with files hat it stored. Although the cache is encrypted, the hackers have been releasing private keys to decrypt these files. If victims pay the hackers an undisclosed amount of funds in Bitcoin, they could not release these files.
At the time of writing, the Twitter account of the hacking team has been suspended.
This is not the first time that there is a hacking group that asks for a ransom to be paid using cryptocurrencies. A few months ago, we wrote at BitcoinExchangeGuide that wealthy Washington residents were subject to a Bitcoin scam. Individuals were receiving letters threatening to release private information about them if they do not pay a ransom in Bitcoin.