- Tram Ho
According to Dispatch, a series of unnamed Korean stars like “actor A”, “actor B”, “idol C”, “director D”, “chef E” and many other famous people are facing threats of extortion from hackers.
Specifically, at least 10 Korean stars have received a message from someone who called himself a “black hat hacker XX”. After introducing himself as a hacker, he proceeded to blackmail the victim. He requested an amount of 50 million won (nearly 1 billion dong) to 1 billion won (nearly 20 billion dong) to keep the personal content (such as photos, videos, messages …) of these stars. be “safe”, that is, he will not spread them online.
Dispatch suspects that the “Hacker XX” group is not from South Korea but from abroad, due to threatening messages that often contain spelling errors. In addition, “Hacker XX” also warned the victims that even if these stars alerted the police, they would not be able to track them down.
Also, according to this page, one of the people being threatened is “Idol C” who gave money to hackers to protect personal data. On January 7, actor Joo Jin Mo made an official announcement, saying he was also a victim of this “Hacker XX”.
It is not yet clear how “Hacker XX” obtained such sensitive data. However, through Dispatch ‘s investigation , all the Korean stars at stake were using Samsung Galaxy S phones and Samsung Cloud cloud storage service. Most likely, this hacker took advantage of a certain flaw to steal data.
Due to no official conclusions, it is still not entirely possible to blame Samsung for this incident. However, Samsung Cloud users are advised to protect their accounts with measures such as setting unpredictable passwords or turning on 2-factor authentication.
In 2014, many Hollywood stars who used iPhones also had their iCloud accounts hacked, resulting in a series of sensitive images of these stars appearing on the Internet. After a period of investigation, the police discovered that the hacker group used a “phishing” tactic, sending emails pretending to be Apple and Google to hijack iCloud accounts. The hacker group was then sentenced to prison terms of 8 to 34 months depending on the severity of the violation.
Source : Genk