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VIDEO: No, I won't help you blackmail the company you just hacked

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Online extortion can take various forms.

Sometimes the attackers will launch a DDoS attack against your website, and demand that you pay up if you want them to stop. (Of course, it's a mistake to pay)

Othertimes businesses and end users find that their systems have been hit by ransomware and, in the absence of a secure backup, find themselves having to pay off the internet low-lives who attacked them for the safe return of the encrypted data.

And then there are the hacking gangs who are breaking into businesses, stealing corporate data and email archives, and then threatening to share it with security journalists who will write juicy stories about the information that has been stolen.

The idea, I suppose, is that the sheer fact that a company has been hacked does damage to the company's brand. Partners and customers may be concerned, it might be bad for business. Malicious hackers, therefore, try to leverage the threat of releasing details of a hack in order to extort hush...(continued)

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