Hackers Demand Ransom For Stolen 911 Documents

A group of hackers that have stolen some of an insurer’s files claim that they include confidential documents on the  terrorist attacks in New York that destryed the Worl Trade Centre.

The Dark Overlord group says that 18,000 files, taken from British insurance company Hiscox, include insurance claims that Lloyd's of London and Silverstein Properties worked on 911 twin tower attacks. 

The attacks that killed nearly three thousand people and 19 terrorists during the destruction of both towers at New York City's World Trade Center and the attack on the Pentagon. Silverstein are the group that owns the World Trade Center complex.

"What we'll be releasing is the truth. The truth about one of the most recognisable incidents in recent history and one which is shrouded in mystery with little transparency and not many answers," the cyber hackers have said. 

"What we're offering to the world is the truth, exclusively from us, one of the planets premier hacking organisations dedicated to breaching leading targets and acquiring the most scandalous materials that we may use in our systematic extortion campaigns."

Hiscox has confirmed that at least some of Dark Overlord's claims files are real and that the 911 documents were stolen in 2018. 

"The law firm’s systems are not connected to Hiscox’s IT infrastructure and Hiscox’s own systems were unaffected by this incident," Hiscox said. 

"One of the cases the law firm handled for Hiscox and other insurers related to subrogation litigation arising from the events of 9/11, and we believe that information relating to this was stolen during that breach. Once Hiscox was made aware of the law firm’s data breach, it took action and informed policyholders as required. We will continue to work with law enforcement in both the UK and US on this matter."

Silverstein Properties, meanwhile, was unfazed by the claim.

"We are aware of claims of alleged security breaches at firms involved in the five-year insurance litigation following the attacks of 9/11, and are conducting an internal investigation based on these claims. To date, we have found no evidence to support a security breach at our company," a spokesperson told The Register.

"We have spent the last 17 years fulfilling our obligation to deliver a magnificent and fully rebuilt World Trade Center. We will not be distracted by 9/11 conspiracy theories."

Larry Silverstein bought the lease on the World Trade Center six weeks before the 911 attacks and rebuilt the complex spending over $4 billion from insurance connected to the 911 attacks. Dark Overlord says the pilfered files will be offered up to anyone and everyone willing to pay for them in Bitcoin. 

"The good news for you is that we'll be selling these documents for a limited time," the group said. "If you're a terrorist organisation such as ISIS/ISIL, Al-Qaeda, or a competing nation state of the USA such as China or Russia, you're welcome to purchase our trove of documents." 

A Lloyd's of London spokesperson has said: "Lloyd's has no evidence to suggest that the Corporation's networks and systems have been compromised and remains vigilant with a number of protections in place to ensure the security and safety of data and information held by the Corporation. Lloyd's will continue to monitor the situation closely, including working with managing agents targeted by the hacker group."

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