Petya's victims can't get their files back

Petya's email is blocked by the provider and hackers can't use it now
28 June 2017   581

Is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen.

Owners of PCs, locked by Petya have already paid $12,000 in Bitcoin to hackers to try get their files back but without any luck.

Cyberattack started on Tuesday with locking up Ukrainian governmental and bank PCs, then it came to Russian and hacked computers of big oil companies. 

In order to get their files back, Petya's victims have to send 300$ in Bitcoin to hackers' wallet and send a message with Bitcoin wallet ID and "personal installation key", a unique ID generated by the ransomware, to a dedicated email address.

Hacked PCPhoto of a hacked PC

According to, there were 40 transaction to hacker's wallet already. With a little math, we can figure out that it is 12,000 $.

But the provider of hackers' email recently locked it up. So victims can send messages to it, nor hackers can't check it. 

Also, Symatec had found the way to protect PC from a Petya. 

First real-life cryptocurrency robbery reported in Taiwan

Four men stole 5 million Taiwanese dollar worth of Bitcoin, the police has already arrested the suspects
22 February 2018   57

Bitcoin has attracted lots of unwanted attention from hackers and scammers alike. Recently not a week passes without news of an exchange or user being hacked or some company's computers being hijacked to mine cryptocurrency. And now Taiwanese news outlets report first real-life robbery of Bitcoin in their country.

The robbery took place in Taichung, Taiwan's central city. The police reports three men being involved in the robbery itself and one as a planner. Criminals persuaded the victim to meet with them face-to-face under the guise of being interested in buying Bitcoin from him. After the victim showed the robbers the proof of his bitcoins on his phone, the men attacked him and his friend and transferred 18 bitcoins worth 5 million Taiwanese dollar via the phone wallet.

The suspects then forced the unfortunate seller to drink strong local liquor to make everything look like a drunken fight had taken place. The police arrived at the scene after receiving the reports of a fight and found two victims. Two of the offenders had fled, but the third has been arrested at the scene of the crime. He later provided investigation with information about his accomplices. They were arrested soon after.

The police later apprehended the man believed to be the mastermind behind the plan. All this was released in the yesterday's report by the Taiwanese law enforcement and the case is already viewed as “the first domestic case of bitcoin robbery”. The report doesn't mention if the crypto was returned to the rightful owner.

Similar cases has been rumored to happen in the US, but no records are released as of yet. So the unofficial governmental advice is to be more cautious of the buyers requesting face to face meetings in the light of this event.