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Hackers Claim to Have ‘Secret’ Data on 9/11 Attacks, Seek Ransom in Bitcoin

The group has threatened to release more documents

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A man types on a computer keyboard in front of displayed cyber code in this illustration picture. VOA

A hackers group has threatened to reveal “secret” data related to September 11 attacks in the US after claiming to have got access to a large cache of confidential files.

In its announcement published on Pastebin, the group known as The Dark Overlord pointed to several different insurers and legal firms, claiming specifically that it hacked Hiscox Syndicates Ltd, Lloyds of London, and Silverstein Properties, the Motherboard reported on Tuesday.

“Hiscox Syndicates Ltd and Lloyds of London are some of the biggest insurers on the planet insuring 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,” the group said in the announcement.

The group threatened that it would reveal the documents unless the victims pay them an undisclosed ransom fee in Bitcoin.

While it is not clear what exact files the group has got access to, it is trying to capitalise on conspiracy theories around the 9/11 attacks.

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Hackers threaten to reveal ‘secret’ data linked to 9/11 attacks. Wikimedia Commons

“We’ll be providing many answers about 9.11 conspiracies through our 18.000 secret documents leak,” the group tweeted on Monday.

A spokesperson for the Hiscox Group confirmed to Motherboard that the hackers had breached a law firm that advised the company, and likely stolen files related to litigation around the 9/11 attacks.

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The hacking group published a small set of letters, emails and other documents that mention various law firms, as well as the Transport Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration in the US, according to the Motherboard report.

The group has threatened to release more documents. (IANS)

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Electric Automaker Tesla Challenges Hackers to Find Bugs in its Connected Cars

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In March last year, a group of hackers won a Tesla Model 3 and $35,000 for hacking into its systems. Pixabay

Electric automaker Tesla has once again challenged hackers to find bugs in its connected cars.

The Elon Musk-run company is returning to the annual hackers’ competition “Pwn20wn” to be held in Vancouver in March, reports electrek.

Some Model 3 cars and $1 million in award money will be up for grabs.

In March last year, a group of hackers won a Model 3 and $35,000 for hacking into its systems.

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Hackers have also demonstrated how they could trick a Tesla Model S to enter into the wrong lane by using a method called “adversarial attack”. Pixabay

Amat Cama and Richard Zhu of team called ‘Fluoroacetate’ exposed a vulnerability in the vehicle system during the hacking competition.

The hackers targeted the infotainment system on the Tesla Model 3.

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According to the Electric Vehicle maker, such hacking events it test as well as improve its security systems.

Hackers have also demonstrated how they could trick a Tesla Model S to enter into the wrong lane by using a method called “adversarial attack”, a way of manipulating a Machine Learning model. (IANS)