A hacker collective known as “Dark Overlord” has released decryption keys for 650 documents that it says are tied to the 9/11 attacks and, unless it is paid a ransom, the group has threatened to release moreÂ it says are highly consequential for the “Deep State.”
As reported byÂ Russia Today, the document dump is just a small percentage of some 18,000 documents the group says are related to the 2001 terrorist attacks that destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon.
The documents are believed to have been hacked from government agencies, law firms, and insurance companies, RT noted.
The site reported further:
The Dark Overlord initially threatened to release the 10GB of data unless the hacked firms paid an unspecified bitcoin ransom. However, on Wednesday, the groupÂ announcedÂ aÂ “tiered compensation plan”Â in which the public could make bitcoin payments to unlock the troves of documents.
A day later, the Dark Overlord said that it had received more than $12,000 in bitcoin â€“ enough to unlockÂ “layer 1″Â and severalÂ “checkpoints,”Â comprised of 650 documents in total.
There are four more layers that remain encrypted and, according to the group,Â “each layer contains more secrets, more damaging materialsâ€¦ and generally just more truth.”
The hackers are asking for $2 million in bitcoin for the public release of itsÂ “megaleak,”Â which it has dubbedÂ “the 9/11 Papers.”
The collective has offered to sell the document trove to foreign governments, terrorist groups, and media outlets.Â RT America correspondent Michelle Greenstein told her network, “They were willing to sell those documents to me. So itâ€™s all about money for them.”
The Layer 1 documents don’t divulge any explosive information if they are indeed real, but that was by design. They reveal insurance payouts, testimony from airport personnel about security, and other non-bombshells.
It’s not clear why the hacker collective is choosing to release the documents now, though it’s possible — again, if they are authentic — that the documents may have only been recently obtained.
As of this writing, the documents were available for download at Steemit after being scrubbed from Reddit and other file-sharing sites, RT noted.
Shortly after releasing the decryption keys, the groupÂ postedÂ an ultimatum addressed toÂ “the nation-state of the United States of America and the greater deep-state.”
“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,'”Â it said.
Dark Overlord claims to have hacked documents from top insurers like Lloyds of London andÂ Silverstein Properties, which owned the World Trade Center complex, as well as government agencies.
The group is known for hacking and releasing an entire season of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” after its ransom was not paid.
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