The Dark Overlord (hackers)

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The Dark Overlord (also known as the Professional Adversarial Threat Group) is an international hacker organization which garners significant publicity through cybercrime database penetration of high-profile targets and subsequent public demands for ransom to prevent the release of potentially embarrassing documents.[1] TDOL gained significant international exposure with the leak of unreleased episodes of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”[2] On December 31, 2018, TDOL announced the Lloyd's of London and Silverstein Properties "9/11 Papers" hack on Twitter, with thousands of incriminating documents[3][4][5] to be released in stages unless US$2,000.000 in bitcoin were paid to 192ZobzfZxAkacLGmg9oY4M9y8MVTPxh7U.[6]

TDOL was subsequently banned from many social media platforms including Twitter, Reddit, Pastebin and Steemit.[7] Platforms unrelated to TDOL such as also had their social media accounts eliminated or followers deleted for serving as mirrors of TDOL hacked documents.[8] As of January 12, 2019, the bitcoin blockchain explorer revealed that less than 1% of the ransom had been paid and the payment sources may have been 9/11 researchers, not the targets of the hack. As a result, TDOL continues to release encrypted files and their private keys to the public in stages. It remains to be seen whether the documents contain anything that could challenge the official account of 9/11.[9][10]

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  1. ^ "The Dark Overlord was recruiting employees and looking for attention before 9/11 data dump". Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. ^ "cybersecurity hacking". axios. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. ^ "ndex: Hacker group releases '9/11 Papers', says future leaks will 'burn down' US deep state". HuffpoClub. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  4. ^ "The Dark Overlord Hackers Threaten To Release TOP SECRET Files of 9/11 Litigation Unless Paid In Bitcoin". HuffpoClub. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Hacker Group Dark Overlord Threatens to Dump Insurance Files Related to 9/11 Attacks". HuffpoClub. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "9/11 Papers Megalink". Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Steemit Bans Dark Overlord, Raises Concerns over Censorship". BTC Manager. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  8. ^ "ndex: 9/11 Docs Drop From Dark Overloard". HuffpoClub. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Checkpoint 8". Anonfiles. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Darkoverlord Banned". Retrieved 12 January 2019.