Phantom Squad hackers extort Bitcoins

Phantom Squad hackers extort Bitcoins from hundreds of companies around the world
25 September 2017   1773

A group of hackers from Phantom Squad threatens hundreds of companies around the world with DDoS-attacks, demanding ransom in Bitcoins.

As reported, mass spam-campaign has begun on September 19th. The extortionists demand to transfer 0.2 BTC (slightly more than $750 at the current rate) to their Bitcoin-wallet until September 30th, and promise that after this date the amount will increase to 20 BTC, increasing by 10 BTC daily.

For now, it's rather difficult to count the exact number of the letters sent by the hackers. However, in social networks plenty confirmations of the mass character of the mailing can be found.

In addition, the network security experts at Radware doubt that the threat group is a genuine Phantom Squad, since the latter is known primarily for attacks on Xbox Live, PSN and Steam game services. On top of that, malicious users may simply not have enough resources for a DDoS attack on such a number of targets, experts say.

It is also noteworthy that the "Sender's Name" line of the hacker mailing lists a certain Mr. Smith, which may be a reference to the recent attack on HBO.

Bakkt to be Launched in December

It is also reported that Goldman Sachs does not plan to create custodial cryptocurrency solutions based on the Bakkt infrastructure
19 October 2018   95

The expected launch of the Bakkt will take place on December 12 of this year. It is reported by The Block, citing informed sources.

Also, the material states that the investment bank Goldman Sachs does not plan to create custodial cryptocurrency solutions based on the Bakkt infrastructure. At the same time, the bank is considering the possibility of trading futures on a new platform.

In a recent Fortune interview with Bakkt, Kelly Lofler said that the cryptocurrency market is on the verge of a revolution comparable in size to the one that occurred on the energy market in the early 2000s.

Greater institutional participation in the digital asset markets requires secure and regulated custody solutions. We are impressed by BitGo’s product, unique services, and the management team. We view our investment in BitGo as an exciting opportunity to contribute to the evolution of this critical market infrastructure.
 

Rana Yared

Managing director, Goldman Sachs’ Principal Strategic Investments group

Bakkt is a cryptocurrency unit of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which is the operator of the New York Stock Exchange. Giants such as Microsoft and Starbucks are taking part in creating of the new project, which is positioned as an “ecosystem for digital assets”.

The new platform will offer deliverable bitcoin futures to the market (unlike the settlement contracts for CBOE and CME, these are based on the underlying asset). The platform will support multiple fiat currencies.