“Pay the Ransom” – Is FBI Behind Rash of Hollywood Extortion Hacking Plots?

"Pay the Ransom" - Is FBI Behind Rash of Hollywood Extortion Hacking Plots?

“Pay the Ransom” – Is FBI Behind Rash of Hollywood Extortion Hacking Plots?

Are corrupt FBI agents behind the recent rash of Hollywood hackings, where company information is hacked and then held for ransom, and then threatened with posting the company’s private info online if the ransom is not paid?

“If your system is wiped and you didn’t pay, then there’s no way to recover it and you basically shut down your entire business, so the FBI will say it’s easier to pay it than it is to try to fight to get it back”

If the FBI is not involved, Why else would the FBI come out and tell the hacked businesses that they should probably just go ahead and pay the ransom payments to the hackers, instead of doing what they can to catch / stop the criminal hackers?

How would extortion hacking against Hollywood “overwhelm” the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, as they claim, unless it’s just an excuse, and the FBI are actually in on the crimes?

Could the release of NSA hacking tools earlier this year be the cover these criminals needed to be able to point the finger at someone else, and provide plausible deniability for themselves at the same time?

Hell, the corrupt FBI will not even investigate the extortion crimes unless the ransom demanded by the hackers exceeds $50,000.00, so it would be very easy for a criminal FBI agent to use the FBI hacking tools to commit their crimes, and they also know that their crimes will be ignored if they ask for $49,000.00 instead of $50K or more.

So when someone is hacked and their personal / private information is being held for ransom, the best thing that you can do, as far as the corrupt FBI is concerned, is to just shut the fuck up and pay the ransom, because it’s apparently not that expensive, and the FBI criminals certainly will not investigate themselves.

President Trump needs to call for a full investigation of the corrupt FBI, and lets find out what corrupt FBI agents are abusing their positions and power to commit crimes that will line their pockets with dirty money.

Netflix isn’t alone: Agencies and others are balancing demands for money against the fears of stolen data ending up online.

Phones are the lifeblood of a talent agency like UTA, but on April 11, its IT department discovered an intruder lurking in the voicemail system and computer network and quickly decided to shut them down, sending agents to conduct business on their iPads. Soon thereafter a demand from a hacker arrived: Pay a ransom or watch the agency’s most confidential data get posted online.

It turns out UTA was lucky — an outside cybersecurity firm was brought in and, after conducting a forensic analysis, determined that nothing valuable had been pilfered. But the episode was one of at least a half-dozen extortion attempts against Hollywood firms over the past six months alone, say sources in the cybersecurity industry. Mirroring the audacity of the famed Bling Ring, the recent spate of strikes has left executives throughout the entertainment industry on edge, fearing that they — and all of their emails, contracts, celebrity addresses, banking information and salaries — might be the next Sony or Netflix, which saw 10 episodes of the upcoming season of Orange Is the New Black posted to The Pirate Bay six weeks ahead of the series’ June 9 launch.

Others targeted with extortion plots include ICM and WME, the latter more significantly. Says USC cybercrime expert Michael Orosz: “A hacker breaks in through various means, steals data and then holds the company over the barrel. This is becoming more and more common because it’s easy to do. It’s basically low-hanging fruit.”

The frequency of the attacks has overwhelmed the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, which has been unable to properly investigate all of them. The FBI’s surprising advice, according to industry sources: Pay the ransom. After all, the hackers aren’t asking much more than a Cannes hotel tab. In all of the Hollywood extortion cases, the hackers demanded less than $80,000. A law enforcement source says that in California, losses would need to exceed $50,000 for the U.S. Attorney’s office to prosecute, thus keeping the FBI from pursuing most of these cases.

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