Posted on January 3, 2019 at 9:07 AM
According to recent reports, a hacking group that has become famous for their hacks of plastic surgery clinics, Netflix, and similar targets has returned after making a new exploit. The group, going by the name of “The Dark Overlord,” which was initially responsible for stealing the unreleased season of Netflix’s show “Orange is the New Black,” now claims to be in possession of more than 18,000 classified documents.
Hackers offering “the truth” about 2001 tragedy
The documents are allegedly stolen from Lloyds of London, Hiscox Syndicates, and Silverstein Properties. The group also stated that they contain “answers” for “conspiracies” regarding the 9/11 attack. Their demands are simple — they want a ransom paid in Bitcoin, otherwise, they will release documents tied to the 2001 tragedy.
In their announcement, the group also stated that the documents they stole are “confidential, classified, and secret,” and that some of them belong to TSA, FBI, FAA, USDOJ, and others.
The link they posted as proof leads to an encrypted online archive, and it contains around 10GB of allegedly sensitive documents. If their demands are not met, the group has threatened to release decryption keys which will make the documents readable and fully available to public inspection.
They also made claims regarding the document, stating that they describe a full story of the truth behind the 9/11 attacks, which is something that conspiracy theorists have been discussing online for nearly two decades. So far, the group published several letters, emails, as well as documents that mention law firms, calling it a “teaser” of what’s to come if their demands are not met.
In addition, the group also threatened to blackmail those who are mentioned in the documents by name. These individuals are also asked to pay if they want to remain anonymous.
While there is no proof that the documents actually contain what hackers claim they contain, it is noteworthy that Silverstein Properties, one of the companies that the documents were stolen from, used to own the World Trade Center.
Finally, hackers offered to release the documents to terrorist organizations, as well as US-competing nations. Of course, anyone who wants to claim ownership of the records must first pay the ransom fee.
Is it a bluff?
It is believed that at least some of these documents may have been stolen in April 2018, after a large hack of the law firm connected to Hiscox. On the occasion, the company admitted that around 1,500 of their policyholders were affected by the attack. The Dark Overlord wanted a ransom at this time as well, and the law firm obliged. However, they cooperated with law enforcement agencies, which the hackers see as a violation of their “agreement.”
After the demands and threats were made, Hiscox stated that they only had a single case with any connection to 9/11 attacks and that there was not much insight into the alleged “truth” in those documents. The overall opinion seems to be that the hacking group doesn’t actually own what it claims it does. At least, there is no guarantee that they can back their threat.
Despite this, the breach is still severe, and Hiscox has agreed to collaborate with the authorities of both, the UK and the US in an attempt to resolve the situation.