25,000 photos and Online Data Has Been Hacked From Plastic Surgery Clinics
Law enforcement officials in Lithuania say more than 25, 000 private photographs and personal data — including naked pictures — were made general public Tuesday following the hacking of a chain of plastic surgery clinics.
Police said a hacking group called Tsar Team broke into the servers of Grozio Chirurgija clinics earlier this yr and demanded ransoms from the clinic’s clients in Germany, Denmark, Britain, Norwegian and other EU countries.
Police say after dangers, several hundred images were released in March and rest of the databases was made public on Tuesday. It’s unclear how many patients have recently been affected, but police say dozens have come toward report being blackmailed.
“It’s extortion. We’re talking about a significant crime, ” the deputy chief of Lithuania’s criminal police bureau Andzejus Raginskis told reporters.
Law enforcement officials work with security services in other Countries in Europe and have warned that folks who download and store the stolen data could also be prosecuted.
“Clients, of course, are in tension. Once again, I would like to apologize, Jonas Staikunas, the overseer of Grozio Chirurgija, informed local media. “Cybercriminals are blackmailers. They may be blackmailing our clients with inappropriate text message messages. ”
Staikunas said victims were asked to pay up to 2, 000 euros ($2, 238) to guarantee that naked images, passport copies, sociable security numbers and other data would not be made public. The cyber criminals had also demanded that the clinic pays 344, 000 euros ($385, 000) in ransom to avoid the data dumping, but it refused.