Phantom Squad hackers extort Bitcoins

Phantom Squad hackers extort Bitcoins from hundreds of companies around the world
25 September 2017   2921

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 Release Consumer App This Year

The app can be used for a wide range of tasks, e.g., crypto and securities trading, virtual goods purchase, etc
23 January 2020   92

Institutional Investor Platform Bakkt will release an app for retail investors this year, with which users can pay with cryptocurrency.

According to the president of Bakkt Adam White at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the application can be used for a wide range of tasks. In addition to trading cryptocurrencies, it will support various virtual “goods” like points of loyalty programs.

In addition, in the future it is possible to add securities trading, as well as the creation of a portal for shops and merchants. That is, the application will be more like a traditional fintech product like PayPal than a solution from a cryptocurrency exchange.

Although the Bakkt platform was originally created for institutional investors, the new director of Mike Blandina is very serious about entering the retail market. Earlier, he said that the application for retail investors should be released in the first half of 2020.

I do not think we are there yet. What gives me optimism is that we are seeing a lot of developer interest. I am confident that someone is going to find something.

 

Adam White

President of Bakkt

 White added that the cryptocurrency market is still underdeveloped.