The stuff of your nightmares has just happened, and it involves a bitcoin ransom, naked photographs, and a whole lot of cosmetic surgery before and afters.
A group of hackers who have labelled themselves “Tsar Team” have released 25,000 images of the before and afters of cosmetic surgery, including naked photographs, after a cosmetic surgery clinic in Lithuania failed to pay a bitcoin ransom.
After breaking into the private systems of Grozio Chirugija clinic earlier this year, the group demanded a ransom in the form of bitcoin. Each payment requested ranged from €50 to €2,000 and depended on the sensitivity of the stolen data. When the bitcoin went unpaid, many photographs were released in March, and more were leaked at the end of May.
Aside from embarrassing evidence of plastic surgery, among the information stolen was nude photographs, national insurance numbers, and passport scans. All of this information relates to clients from over 60 countries, including 1500 British clients.
The hackers offered to sell the database to the company for 300 bitcoin (just over $1m) which was then reduced to 50 bitcoin ($170,000). This was obviously unsuccessful, and the information was released.
According to Dazed, Lithuania’s criminal police bureau Deputy Chief, Andzejus Raginskis told the press: “It’s extortion. We’re talking about a serious crime.”
Jonas Staikunas, the director of Grozio Chirurgija, spoke to local press and announced:
“Clients, of course, are in shock. Once again, I would like to apologise…
“Cybercriminals are blackmailers. They are blackmailing our clients with inappropriate text messages.”