Like an evil blast on the New Year’s Eve, a notorious cyber hacking group, Dark Overload claimed that it was successful in breaching the online files of a law firm dealing with the cases related to the 9/11 attacks. It is speculated to be a gimmick using media attention, wherein the hackers are trying to publicly release confidential details, if their ransom demands are not met.
Dark overload as stated earlier is a cyber hacking entity that has recently gained popularity by targeting entities, such as a production studio working for Netflix, host of medical centers and even private businesses across the US.
However, with the recent announcement made by the group, it’s quite evident that with the beginning of the New Year, it has evolved its strategy more on a psychological level by restoring to capitalization of sensitive issues of national concerns, such as 9/11 in this stance. It is now using media to push in fear amongst the victims in this case to meet its objectives.
The identified change in its strategy becomes all the more evident as the group in its recent declaration has boasted about its previous hacks. It said that “Hiscox Syndicates Ltd and Lloyds of London are some of the biggest insurers on the planet ensuring everything from the smallest policies to some of the largest policies on the planet, and who even insured structures such as the World Trade Centers.”
It further stated, “We’ll be providing many answers about 9/11 conspiracies through our 18.000 secret documents leak.”
The pattern of announcement in itself is reflecting that group is trying hard to give concrete ground to the sense of fear it has injected.
As of now, the spokesperson from Hiscox Group confirmed to media that hackers had breached a law firm that advised the company, further raising the possibility that 9/11 litigation files may have been compromised. Lloyds of London are still to respond or comment.
In order to prove its claim, the hacking group has already published a set of letters, emails and other documents that mention various law firms, as well as the Transport Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration that do hold some water.
In the recent extortion note, the group has included a link of 10GB files that it has alleged to be stolen. Though the cache is encrypted, but the hackers have threatened to release the relevant decryption keys, unlocking various set of confidential files unless its demand for ransom is met.
The threat says “Pay the fuck up, or we’re going to bury you with this. If you continue to fail us, we’ll escalate these releases by releasing the keys, each time a Layer is opened, a new wave of liability will fall upon you.”
Further, the group has also threatened that it may even offer on selling data on a dark web hacking forum, blackmailing individuals who may be included in the documents themselves.
The authenticity of the claim may still not be concrete but certainly, the risk is high enough and data release of such a sensitive issue can further lead to various national security concerns as well.