Billionare's Wife Kidnappers to Demand €9M Worth XMR

Anna-Elizabeth Falkievik Hagen was allegedly abducted from her home, although the law enforcement agencies found no sign of hacking
10 January 2019   612

In late October, the wife of one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in Norway, Tom Hagen, was kidnapped. The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of € 9 million in Monero, according to Norway Today.

Anna-Elizabeth Falkievik Hagen, 68, was allegedly abducted from her home, although the law enforcement agencies found no sign of hacking. A note with a ransom request was also found there.

Note that Interpol and Europol are involved in the investigation of the case of Falkievik, and the fact of the abduction was kept secret for a long time for security reasons.

Today, January 9, the police confirmed that Falkievik was abducted, and communication with the criminals takes place exclusively through some kind of "electronic platform". In addition, in December, the kidnappers could not provide evidence that she was still alive.

Probably the Falkievik case is the first time in Norway when a ransom is demanded in a cryptocurrency equivalent. Nevertheless, the police recommended that the criminals be denied their claims.

Tom Hagen is the founder of Elkraft AS, a power supply company. His fortune is estimated at 1.7 billion NOK (€ 170 million).

Earlier, employees of the local prosecutor’s office in Kiev and the National Police of Ukraine detained two suspects accused of stealing a miner in March of this year and stealing $ 50,000.

Now they face up to 15 years of imprisonment for robbery committed by a group of individuals in a preliminary conspiracy, infiltration and theft in a particularly large scale.

BlackSquid Hidden Miner to Attack US & Thai PCs

The malware is distributed through malicious websites, compromised web servers, network drives, and USB drives; it uses different exploits and vulnerabilities
05 June 2019   277

Trend Micro researchers have discovered a new malware that mines the Monero cryptocurrency on users' devices, reports ZDNet.

Most of all, a new malware miner called BlackSquid is popular in Thailand and the United States. The maleware is distributed through malicious websites, compromised web servers, network drives, and USB drives. BlackSquid uses EternalBlue, DoublePulsar, server vulnerabilities CVE-2014-6287, CVE-2017-12615, CVE-2017-8464 and errors in the ThinkPHP web application.

BlackSquid uses various tricks to keep the program unnoticed. For example, if a program detects that it was running in a virtualization environment, or finds debugging tools, then the malicious functions will not be activated.

Unnoticed, the malware installs the XMRig mining script. The attack does not end there - the program also scans the system for the a video card in order to extract coins more efficiently. After infecting one computer on the network, the virus tries to spread to other systems.