Monero which is one of the most anonymous cryptocurrencies of the recent times is becoming really popular among cybercriminals. An unknown hacker, or a group of hackers recently carried out a series of attacks on some Internet resources, in particular, on the repository of IT projects Github.
Hackers conduct DDoS attacks, which involve the artificial creation of a large amount of traffic that is sent to the data center of a certain Internet resource in order to “lay down” the server.
DDoS attack on Github sent traffic to the server in the amount of 1.35 TB of data per second, which is the largest attack of the kind in history.
Fortunately, with the help of Cybersecurity Akamai, Github servers were able to beat off the hackers and restore the site, but nobody knows how long it will be for. As the company Akamai told Fortune in an interview, hackers posted a message demanding a ransom directly into the array of incoming traffic.
It is almost standard to receive emails from the hackers, but not this time. Up to this point, no one has inserted such messages directly into the incoming traffic.
The message looked like this:
When this article was written, 50 XMR equalled $18,000. After that the address was specified in a format of a long line of letters and digits.
Chad Seaman, senior engineer of security, intelligence and operational response of Akamai, expressed his opinion about this case in the following words:
“It’s actually like a DDoS attack with a phishing attack with an extortion attack all rolled into one. When we saw it we were like, huh, clever bastards”.
The company Cybersecurity Akamai, which met a lot of demands of ransom from cybercriminals during the time of its existence, claims that such a situation has occured for the first time in their practice.
The letters sent to the e-mail were usually sent to the spam folder or the trash, in this case it was simply impossible not to notice such a message.
The specialists of Akamai write in their blog:
“If a victim were to deposit the requested amount into the wallet, we doubt the attackers would even know which victim the payment originated from, let alone stop their attacks as a result. Even if they could identify who’d sent the payment, we doubt they’d cease attacking their victim as it was never really about the money anyways”.