Posted on January 2, 2019 at 9:10 PM
The Dark Overlord Hackers Return!
What a wonderful way to start the new year. Remember "TheDarkOverlord"? Sure you do! They where the ones who hack firms, steal data, and demand a ransom for it or else they leak it. The hit TV show "Orange Is the New Black", they where the ones who snatched Season 5 and released it on The Pirate Bay before it even premiered. They where the ones who went around stealing healthcare data, Netflix episodes, terrorized numerous schools in Montana with bomb threats, anything and everything they can hack into for a quick ransom payment. Now you remember.
The FBI knows about them and have failed at capturing them! You normally don't see them failing, which tells us numerous things, these hackers aren't your average skids. They're quite good at covering their tracks. According to a report done by BleepingComputer, as of May one member of TDO was allegedly arrested in Belgrade. A 38 year old man with the initials S.S. (police didn't release anything but that). TDO has been active for 3 years now, a lot of the data they collect they end up selling (even now) in a darknet hacking forum called "KickAss" located at kickassugvgoftuk.onion.
Now they're back. With a brand new statement issued on Pastebin. In their warning they claim that within the heap of data they've been collecting that belong to numerous Fortune 500 companies like Bank of America, there are "E-mails, retainer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, settlements, litigation strategies, liability analysis, defense formations, collection of expert witness testimonies, testimonies, communications with government officials in countries all over the world, voice mails, dealings with the FBI, USDOJ, DOD, and more, confidential communications, and so much more". Like always, these companies are presented with the ransom demanding payment, to their understanding they've complied.
Something interesting TDO pointed out was how the NSA, CIA, and GCHQ seem to all be hunting them down (and failing?). This assertion seems quite valid given that the FBI recently spoke to the U.S. Congress about them, you can find that statement here. According to TDO, these new waves of leaks will top that of Edward Snowden. What are the leaks about this time in particular? 9/11. TDO claim to have hacked a global insurer called "Lloyds of London". They where the same insurers who insured the World Trade Center. These documents (over 18,000 of them) are allegedly top secret in nature.
Sounds like someone is trying spread more 9/11 conspiracies to raise more attention, who knows. The archive is available for download via a Torrent, but is encrypted until they decide to drop the decryption keys. They're currently selling the archive on KickAss. Within the Pastebin post they also included various emails, their twitter account and their PGP public key for later communication.