Cybercrime Extortion Group Member Arrested in Serbia

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The FBI appears to have made headway in cracking a cybercrime extortion group that has plagued health and dental clinics, schools, law firms and Hollywood production companies since 2016, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Serbian authorities, saying they were working with the FBI, arrested a 38-year-old man, believed to be a member of The Dark Overlord, the nation’s Interior Ministry said. “The aim of the campaign was to uncover a large number of people who, using the name ‘The Dark Overlord’ on the Internet, have (gained) unauthorized access to computer networks and data of at least 50 victims since June 2016,” Serbia said.

Hackers from The Dark Overlord have breached scores of U.S. institutions and clinics, freezing hard drives and demanding payment in bitcoin as ransom to decrypt files, including medical records. They’ve mocked and threatened victims, and have released private medical records and Social Security numbers on the internet to pressure for payment. Last October, the group issued threats to parents and students at Johnston Community School District in suburban Des Moines that forced schools to shut for a day. Other school districts in Montana, Tennessee and Texas were also subject to ransom demands from The Dark Overlord, and dental and health clinics in Florida, New York, California, Missouri and Oklahoma reported breaches linked to the group, followed by ransom demands. The group gained notoriety last year when it released 10 unaired episodes of the Netflix hit show “Orange is the New Black,” declaring that the Los Gatos, Ca., streaming media company had declined to pay a ransom.

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