Many Americans are worried due to the recent hack of Equifax, supposedly more than 143 million people have had their private information exposed.
A ransom demand has been made by the hackers, stated on a dark web site that they will destroy the exposed data for 600 btc of ransom payment, which is worth roughly $2.6 mln. The Request said that in the event that they don’t get their payment from Equifax by September 15th, they will broadcast the hacked data.
In the payoff request the hackers stated:
“We are two people trying to solve our lives and those of our families. We did not expect to get as much information as we did, nor do we want to affect any citizen. But we need to monetize the information as soon as possible.”
The hackers said that, should they be enforced to publicize the data, they would hold the credit card numbers, demonstrating that they may mean to offer or use those for extra profit.
This hack has caused a buzz, particularly after it was uncovered that three Equifax Execs. sold practically $18 mln in stock just before news of the hack was made public.