The well-known Dark Overlord hacker group has announced that they stole “hundreds of thousands of documents from the British insurance company Hiscox, including a huge amount of files related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In April 2018, Hiscox acknowledged that it had suffered data theft and that the hacked server “may have included information relating to up to 1,500 of Hiscox’s US-based commercial insurance policyholders.”
A week ago, on December 31, 2018, the insurance company admitted in an official statement that among the stolen documents there is information related to the tragic events of September 11.
“There has been some recent online coverage relating to Twitter posts about 9/11-related litigation and mentioning Hiscox. The online posts relate to an incident we reported in April 2018 (view here), when we were made aware that a US law firm that advised Hiscox, some of our commercial policyholders and other insurers, had experienced a data breach in which information was stolen. The law firm’s systems are not connected to Hiscox’s IT infrastructure and Hiscox’s own systems were unaffected by this incident. 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,” the official company statement reads.
The Dark Overlord hacker group released a message on Pastebin saying that because the company has contacted authorities they are decided to sell the documents even if the law firm wants to pay to avoid disclosure.
“What’s the takeaway? We hacked Lloyds of London and Silverstein Properties. This release of 911 Litigation Documents is highly exclusive and only available from thedarkoverlord! For a limited time only, we’re leaking the first few documents as proof of our trove on the famous dark web hacker forum ‘KickAss’. For those of you who are most interested in acquiring the entire set of documents, which counts at over 18.000 documents, to include .doc, .pdf, .ppt, .xls, .tif, .msg, and many other interesting formats (or just to acquire the most highly secret and confidential documents), the good news for you is that we’ll be selling these documents for a limited time,” said Dark Overlord hackers in their Pastebin post.
To the Dark Overlord Bitcoin address, there have been made 16 transactions to date totaling 3.27749466 BTC.
Hackers have stacked the files in five "layers" with encrypted documents, now publishing a decryption key for "layer 1".
“There’s five layers to go. Layer 1, 2, 3, 4, and fine finally Layer 5. Each layer contains more secrets, more damaging materials, more SSI, more SCI, more government investigation materials, and generally just more truth,” hackers explain on a Steemit post.
According to people who are familiar with the case, these documents contain details of the lawsuits of people affected by the September 11 attacks and the testimony of airport security officers.
The Dark Overlord hacker group is popular with its attacks on various spheres, essentially against the financial, media and health sectors, but they are making an apparent attempt now to contact terrorist organizations.