De nieuwe trend aan de schimmige kant van het internet: ransomware

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Het nieuwe wapen van hackers: ‘ransomware’, ouderwetse afpersing. Betalen, anders worden je persoonlijke gegevens (van een webshop of datingsite) naar buiten gebracht. En in bitcoins, want dat kan anoniem.

“If you are a customer of Domino’s Pizza, know that we asked them not to publish your data in exchange of 30,000 euros…”

This was the message posted on Twitter in mid-June by the “collective” of hackers Rex Mundi. The pizza delivery company has refused to bow to the blackmail of the group, which boasted of stealing data from 600,000 customers.

This incident is just the latest illustration of the new weapon for cybercriminals: old-style extortion. “Usually, the demands are not made public. Here, the hackers are playing their last card,” says Gérôme Billois, computer security consultant at Solucom.

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