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FBI Weights In On Hollywood Hacking & Ransom Demands

Monday, May 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
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From The Hollywood Reporter:

Phones are the lifeblood of a talent agency like UTA, but on April 11, its IT department discovered an intruder lurking in the voicemail system and computer network and quickly decided to shut them down, sending agents to conduct business on their iPads. Soon thereafter a demand from a hacker arrived: Pay a ransom or watch the agency's most confidential data get posted online.

Netflix recently learned the consequences of not paying. Sometime in late 2016, a hacker collective known as TheDarkOverlord breached the network of postproduction facility Larson Studios and made off with a trove of unaired shows including Orange Is the New Black, CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles, Fox's New Girl and IFC's Portlandia. It wasn't until late January that the FBI began to contact the affected parties, which also included ABC, NBC, FX, National Geographic, E!, Disney Channel and Lifetime, to let them know the agency was investigating a possible hack and that their property may have been stolen. But more than a month passed without incident, eliciting relief from the networks. Then, in March, TheDarkOverlord made its first overture to the victims, demanding a ransom of 50 bitcoin (roughly $60,000) by an April 30 deadline or else the content would be released.

- Read the full story at HollywoodReporter.com


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