BMO and Simplii to be Hijacked; Hackers to Demand Crypto

Personal data of two popular Canadian banks was stolen by hackers, which now demand $1M in cryptocurrency
29 May 2018   949

Unknown hackers attacked the leading Canadian banks Bank of Montreal (BMO) and Simplii Financial, the "daughter" of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). In order to avoid the publication of personal data of banking customers, the attackers demanded from each bank, including through the media, to pay them $ 1 million in cryptocurrency. This was reported by the local CBC television channel.

This is a personal data "less than 50 thousand customers" BMO and about 40 thousand customers Simplii.

As a confirmation of the seriousness of their intentions, hackers attached unencrypted names, social security numbers and answers to control questions of a number of clients to the letters. In addition, they described how they managed to conduct a cyber attack.

Despite this, the BMO press service stated that they do not yet have reliable confirmation of the hack. In this case, the bank believes that both cases are related, and hackers are outside of Canada.

We took steps immediately when the incident occurred and we are confident that exposures identified related to customer data have been closed off.
 

BMO Representative

The investigation of the incident involved the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

GRAM May be Traded at Liquid at Triple ICO Price

Bloomberg says that Telegram tokens, that may appear at Liquid will be sold by Gram Asia at $4 per token, but there's no official info from Telegram
04 July 2019   827

Even before the official public release of the cryptocurrency of the messenger, Telegram can increase in price by 200% relative to its value during the initial offer of coins. It is reported by Bloomberg.

As previously reported, Telegram tokens may appear on the Liquid Bitcoin Exchange already on July 10. The distributor is Gram Asia, which calls itself the largest holder of GRAM tokens in Asia. It intends to put up for sale rights to cryptocurrency at $ 4 per unit.

At the same time, one of the investors said to the publication that at the time of purchase the price of 1 Gram was $ 1.33.

It is worth noting, however, that after the announcement of the public sale of Telegram tokens to Liquid, the media reported that this intention had nothing to do with the official plans of Telegram.

Then one of Telegram's investors stated that no one has the right to sell tokens before their official launch in accordance with the signed agreement. Moreover, representatives of the popular messenger noted that they first heard about Gram Asia.

Later, CEO Liquid Mike Kayamora admitted that Telegram has no relation to the placement on Liquid: the deal was concluded exclusively between the exchange and Gram Asia, which allegedly is an incubator for the TON project.

The Block's leading analyst Larry Chermak on several tweets expressed skepticism about the announced Telegram tokenale based on the Liquid stock exchange, saying that he would “think twice before making a decision to invest.”