The Malta Independent 27 November 2021, Saturday

PN hackers extend deadline, but party insists it will not negotiate

Friday, 30 April 2021, 14:26 Last update: about 8 months ago

Hackers who got into the Nationalist Party’s IT systems and stole party and company data have given the party a week-long extension to meet its demands, but the PN remains insistent that it will not negotiate.

The situation dates back to last week, when the PN’s servers were hacked.  A deadline to pay 5,000 to ensure that the data will not be released expired on Thursday morning, but the hackers have since granted an additional extension.

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The hackers made use of Avvadon ransom software in order to gain entry into the servers and they said that they have information of PN employees, passport pictures and information on their TV station.

The party answered to these threats by stating that they will not communicate with the hackers and that they are in contact with the police’s Cyber Crime Unit, while a magisterial inquiry has also been opened.

Since the PN missed yesterday’s deadline, the hackers have published some more information on the dark web. They also gave a 192 hour extension for the party to communicate and cooperate with them.

PN sources have confirmed that the data leaked appear to be genuine.

The hackers have stated that if this time the PN does not communicate with them, they “will completely leak the valuable company documents”.

The party in a recent statement said that they will stand by their original decision and they will not communicate or negotiate with the hackers.

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