Hackers are threatening to release a bunch of confidential documents related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks if the companies involved do not pay large sums of money. According to Motherboard, the group, known as The Dark Overlord, is blackmailing individuals and entities, including Hiscox Syndicates Limited and London, and Motherboard.
Hackers are threatening to release the documents in phases until they get a ransom on Bitcoin. Meanwhile, Dark Overlord has leaked some more minor files as “evidence” and said more damaging documents would have to come if their demands were not met. Some of those already dropped include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), and several law enforcement agencies.
With strong cash of 16,000, the hackers also demanded documents related to law firm management cases related to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The Dark Overlord tweeted on New Year’s Eve, “We will provide a lot of answers about the 9/11 conspiracy by leaking our 18,000 classified documents.” The extortion appears to be an attempt to exploit various conspiracy theories related to the 2001 terrorist attacks.
According to the Pastebin group, they have confidential information from various insurers and law firms that have handled cases related to 9/11 – although what this information reveals about the attack is unknown. The announcement specifically named three companies, Hiscox Syndicates Limited, Lloyds in London, and Silverstein Properties.
A spokesman for Hiscox told Motherboard that their own systems had been damaged by the incident but that information was taken from a lawsuit filed on behalf of Hiscox by the law court regarding the 9/11 attacks. Dark Overlord also threatened anyone involved in these cases: “If you were one of the dozens of solicitor firms involved in the lawsuit, a politician who was involved in the case, the law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation, a property management firm, Public release of an investment bank, a client of a client, a reference of a reference, a world insurance instrument. But you will pay for us. “
This is the latest project achieved by the group. In 2017, they stole episodes of Orange from New Black, which they released before the schedule, Netflix failed to meet their demands. The team has claimed access to dozens of more shows on ABC, National Geographic, Fox, and IFC, including Philadelphia’s New Girl and its always-unsubscribed episodes of Sunny. It’s not just law enforcement and television networks that have been hacked for ransom. The group has also targeted medical centers and non-governmental organizations, including the Gorilla Glue, adhesive, and tape family business.