Following the news that a group of hackers known as The Dark Overlord have stolen documents relating to 9/11 and are threatening to make them public if their ransom is not met, Jake Moore, Cyber Security Expert at ESET UK commented below.
Expert Comments below:
Jake Moore, Cyber Security Expert at ESET:
“The problem with these sorts of demands is that there is usually little proof that the threat is as simple as they are suggesting. What’s to say that they even have new evidence? Or even if they did, they could then simply double the demands after the first payment is met. It seems they have already requested a further payment after the first was taken but this suggests it is just a money making exercise. This will always be the risk to a company especially when a stopwatch is running.
It’s like the run of fake sextortion blackmail emails that many people have seen over the last few months, which claim to have footage of intimate moments. We know they aren’t real but there will always be a niggling “what if” feeling at the back of one’s mind – even with CISOs.”