Hackers hack web hosting service to extort customers

A cyberattack against an Israeli web hosting provider Cyberserve has disrupted several websites and could have serious repercussions with attackers stealing sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) from its customers, some of which are at odds with the conservative country’s views.

Reporting on progress, BipComputer said that hacking group BlackShadow claimed credit for the attack.

According to The time of Israel, in the days leading up to the attack, the country’s National Cyber ​​Security Directorate had repeatedly warned CyberServe of an impending cyberattack.

Surprisingly, in addition to demanding money from CyberServe, BlackShadow also allegedly extorted customers from the hosting provider.

Attacking Customers

BipComputer describes BlackShadow as an Iranian state-sponsored hacking group that is used to attacking Israeli targets and has connections to Pay2Key ransomware stump.

Although the group is claiming $ 1 million in cryptocurrency of Cyberserve, the threat actors behind BlackShadow aren’t supposed to be financially motivated.

Omri Segev Moyal, co-founder and CEO of Israel cybersecurity the Profero company, said BipComputer that attacks by state-sponsored groups such as BlackShadow are retaliatory and designed to disrupt Israeli interests.

In typical ransomware fashion, BlackShadow immediately disclosed a sample of a thousand records to prove that they had exfiltrated the hosting provider’s customer data.

Although the leakage of personal information can always lead to other attacks against affected persons, including Identity theft, the situation here could be much more damaging. Indeed, the leaked data would include PII from a large Israeli LGBT site named Atraf, which in a conservative society could have serious repercussions on exposed individuals.

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James S. Joseph