Ukrainian authorities have sentenced two individuals —a man and a woman— to five years suspended sentences for launching DDoS attacks and running a DDoS extortion scheme.
DDoS extortionists have already pounced on the Memcached DDoS attack vector in attempts to extract payments from attacked companies.
New research published on Monday reveals that 5.8% of all Amazon S3 buckets are publicly readable, while 2% are publicly writeable —with the latter allowing anyone to add, edit, or delete data, and even hold a victim's data for ransom.
Amazon AWS S3 cloud storage servers might soon fall victims to ransom attacks, similar to how hacker groups held tens of thousands of MongoDB databases for ransom throughout 2017.
For the second time in two months, the voter registration information of over 19 million Californians was leaked online via an unsecured MongoDB database, which was later held for ransom by hackers.
It took Chinese police only four days to arrest a hacker they believe breached the servers of two Hong Kong travel agencies, stole their data, and then asked for a ransom in Bitcoin.
The details of over 19 million California voters were left exposed online in an unsecured MongoDB database and were later held for ransom, according to researchers from the Kromtech Security Center.
The Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) public transportation agency was forced to shut down its website due to a security breach that took place on Saturday, November 18.
A hacker is trying to extort a Canadian university, threatening to dump student information unless university top brass pay 30,000 CAD (23,000 USD).
Security researchers, and what appears to be at least one hacker, have found an ElasticSearch server left exposed online that was hosting information about 1,133 National Football League (NFL) players and agents.
R6DB, an online service that provides statistics for Rainbow Six Siege players, went down over the weekend after an attacker wiped the company's database and asked a ransom.
A group of DDoS extortionists using the name of Phantom Squad has sent out a massive spam wave to thousands of companies all over the globe, threating DDoS attacks on September 30, if victims do not pay a ransom demand.
The recent wave of ransom attacks on MongoDB databases happened because database owners forgot to set passwords on their administrator accounts, according to Davi Ottenheimer, Senior Director of Product Security at MongoDB, Inc.
Ransom attacks on MongoDB databases rekindled last week and over the weekend with the emergence of three new groups that hijacked over 26,000 servers, with one group hijacking 22,000.
During the past week, there has been a sudden surge in online extortion campaigns, against regular users and security researchers alike.
The hackers who breached HBO's servers have declined a ransom payment of $250,000 from a top HBO exec, according to an email leaked by hackers to the press.
A judge in Moscow sentenced today Vladimir Anikeyev, the ringleader of a Russian hacking group known as Shaltai Boltai (Russian for "Humpty Dumpty") to two years in prison.
The $1 million ransom payment paid last week by South Korean web hosting company Nayana has sparked new extortion attempts on South Korean companies.
CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio maker behind the insanely popular The Witcher 3 RPG, has suffered a data breach and now the attacker is holding the company for ransom, threatening to release stolen files if the game maker doesn't pay an undisclosed sum of money.