Hacker group, The Dark Overlord, has released the decryption keys for a cache of 650 documents, beginning what it has claimed will culminate in the greatest revelations concerning the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the U.S.
On New Year’s Eve, the group had announced that it had hacked several insurance companies, legal firms, and government agencies. In the aftermath, it had carted away 18,000 secret documents related to 9/11.
At the time, the group warned that it would dump out the “truth” contained in a 10 GB archived trove if targeted parties did not pay an unspecified ransom in Bitcoin.
After publishing and distributing a preview of the documents, the group’s latest move means that anyone with the decryption key can download the files.
‘Play ball,’ or we burn you down
In its latest pronouncement on the matter, The Dark Overlord has said that the remaining layers of secrets will be devastating for the U.S.
Soon after making the decryption keys for layer one available, the hackers posted a message on Steemit addressing “the United States of America and the greater deep-state.”
The hackers have moved to utilize Steemit because Twitter and Reddit have suspended the group’s account. Steemit is a blockchain-based social media platform whose censorship-resistant feature makes it suitable for hackers.
A part of the ultimatum states:
“To all the other parties involved (airlines, litigation firms, investigation firms, FBI, TSA, FAA, banks, security companies and more), we’re going to burn you down unless you begin to ‘play ball.'”
Forget hacktivism; it’s about money
The hackers have posted a statement that unequivocally states that their primary ambition is to make money out of the cache of documents they have seized.
In other words, they really don’t care what comes out of the ‘9/11 papers’, although they maintain that the effect of publicizing them would be comparable to the Snowden leaks.
It appears the hackers would want to get paid rather than for them to make a public release; the more reason they have announced a “tiered compensation plan.”
According to their statement, the public has been invited to crowdfund via bitcoin payments, at the end of which a certain amount of money would be considered enough to unlock the documents.
The hackers’ blog post lists five tiers, with a pricing scheme for each ‘container’ of documents. Layer1 needed $5,000 in BTC, which the group announced had been met before the keys were released.
The public paid over 3 BTC or about $12,000 and a few “checkpoints” regarding the first layer were reached, leading to the release
Layers 2 through 5 will require bitcoin payments amounting to $50,000, $100,000, $1 million, and $2 million respectively. Each time the group receives BTC worth the above amounts, it will release keys to each respective layer.
The Dark Overlord have not minced their words or hidden their intentions about what they need. It’s not hacktivism, but the financial motivation that drives them, the group said on Friday.
“We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: we’re financially motivated, and you (the public) have spoken to us in our language (internet money, specifically Bitcoin).”
Mainstream media will not silence ‘this’
The 9/11 terror attacks have spurned a myriad of conspiracy theories and have been subject of much debate among the “truth-seekers.”
Given, millions of people would want to read the documents to get a hold of whatever truth there is. But as a Hiscox spokesperson put it, the seized documents apparently do not contain any sensitive information.
The hackers have the files and are hell-bent to have them released; saying that this time the mainstream media will not be allowed to silence the truth. They have thus vowed to “ensure their propaganda [by the mainstream media] is crushed by the truths.”
According to the hackers, $2 million worth of bitcoin would be enough to secure the release of a “megaleak.”
And if the public does not raise these funds, then they would be willing to sell the troves to anyone, including terror groups.
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