The cybersecurity group Akamai is tracking extortionists claiming to represent notable hacker groups, such as the Russian Intelligence group Fancy Bear, demanding ransom under risk of significant denial of company assaults.
The extortionists specific organizations in several industries, such as banking, finance and retail, with up to a 2 terabit a next dispersed denial of services attack. For scale, a record DDoS attack of 2.3 terabits a next was set before this calendar year.
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Akamai has found two comparable variations of the ransom need: 1 underneath the guise of Extravagant Bear and one more as the criminal group the Armada Collective. The letters request for 20 bitcoin (roughly $240,000) and 5 bitcoin ($60,000) respectively, with the ransom raising every day if not compensated. Some letters threaten a compact demonstration of capabilities. Akamai has logged a 50 gigabit a next attack in that vein.