A group of hackers known as The Dark Overlord announced on the eve of the New Year that it had been introduced into the computer systems of a law firm and had obtained 9/11 attacks – threatening to publicly release a large cache of internal files, unless a heavy ransom paid, according to Motherboard.
Dark Overlord's claims targeted several insurers and law firms, including Lloyds of London, Silverstein Properties and Hiscox Syndicates. The hacking group tweeted: "We will provide many answers on 9.11 conspiracies through our 18,000 secret documents leaked by @HiscoxComms and others."
– thedarkoverlord (@ tdo_h4ck3rs) December 31, 2018
"Hiscox Syndicates Ltd and Lloyds of London are among the largest underwriters on the planet and provide everything from the smallest fonts to the largest fonts on the planet, and who even provided structures such as the World Trade Centers, "announcement of the group reads.
According to a spokesman for the Hiscox group, hackers reportedly broke a law firm that advised the company and allegedly stole files related to a 9/11 litigation.
"The law firm's systems are not connected to the Hiscox IT infrastructure and the Hiscox systems were not affected by this incident." One of the cases handled by the law firm Lawyers for Hiscox and other insurers have been linked to litigation arising from the events of September 11, and we think information related to this was stolen during this violation, "said the spokesman. Motherboard in an email.
"Once Hiscox was informed of the law firm's data breach, he took action and briefed the policyholders as needed." We will continue to work with the police forces. British and American order on this issue, "they added.
The hacking group has published a small series of letters, e-mails and other documents mentioning various law firms, as well as the Transport Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration. (The TSA was unable to provide a statement in time for publication and the FAA informed Motherboard in an e-mail on which it was investigating.) These documents themselves appear to be fairly trivial, but the group says that They could publish more.
In his extortion note, The Dark Overlord included a link to a 10GB archive of files that he allegedly stole. The group also provided a link to this archive to the motherboard before publishing their ad. The cache is encrypted, but hackers threaten to release the appropriate decryption keys, freeing different sets of files at once., unless the victims pay the hackers ransom fees not disclosed in Bitcoin. –Motherboard
"Pay the fuck, or we will bury you with that.If you continue to fail us, we will escalate these releases by releasing the keys, whenever a Layer is opened, a new wave of responsibility will fall on you" , read the letter of request.
The hacking collective also proposes to sell the data on the hacking forum on the Web, and allegedly attempted to blackmail individuals mentioned in the documents themselves.
"If you are part of the dozens of law firms involved in litigation, a politician involved in the case, a law enforcement agency involved in investigations, a management company property, an investment bank, a client of a client, a reference, a global insurer or any other person, we invite you to contact our email below and request that your documents and materials are officially removed from any public release of documents, however, you will pay us, "reads the article.
The Hiscox group alluded to this violation for the first time by announcing in April that they may have been exposed to hacking against an "unidentified US law firm".
"Hiscox recently learned that an information security incident had affected a US law firm that had advised Hiscox or its policyholders on some of its liability insurance claims." implied unlawful access to information stored on the firm's server, may have included information relating to nearly 1,500 Hiscox commercial insurance policyholders in the United States, "reads the April release.