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Hackers demand ransom in bitcoin after illegally accessing systems of Old Delhi traders

The traders were initially offered decryption of five of their files for free by the hackers, who later demanded the payment of ransom for the remaining files

January 12, 2018 / 12:37 PM IST

In one of the recent example of a ransomware attack, traders in Old Delhi were attacked by unknown hackers who demanded ransom in Bitcoin. The news came out after three of the hacked traders came forward to reveal about the attack.

The hackers, who are believed to be from either from Nigeria or Pakistan encrypted files on the computers of the businessmen consisting key documents, a report in Hindustan Times stated. The hackers then, according to the police blackmailed the victims by demanding ransom for the release of critical documents. They were then provided links to buy bitcoins through which they had to make payments.

“Some traders paid in Bitcoins and got their data back. Some deposited the money from abroad. When my data was hacked, I spoke to fellow traders and learnt that there were other such cases. I wrote to the hackers and they agreed to decrypt the files for $1,750 (around Rs 1.11 lakh),” Mohan Goyal, one of the victims was quoted saying in the report.

As per reports, the hacked traders found the message that said there was a ‘security problem’ in the system displayed on their computers. The traders were then given case numbers and email addresses for communication. They were then initially offered decryption of five of their files for free by the hackers, who later demanded the payment of ransom for the remaining files.