Hacking group The Dark Overlord booted from Twitter after claiming to have highly sensitive data related to the 9/11 attacks
The group made the announcement of having the documents on New Year’s Eve
Documents have been put in five layers related to level of confidentiality
The group will release the level five container for $2 million
In April of last year the group hacked some of the world’s largest insurers then later discovered docs related to 9/11
A group of hackers calling themselves “The Dark Overlord” claim to have stolen incredibly damning documents pertaining to the fall of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. In a series of press releases through Pastebin, the group has claimed the data they accidentally discovered while breaching the security of a bunch of insurers is bigger than the Edward Snowden leaks and the release of the Panama Papers.
Before the existence of the hacking group, The Dark Overlord was a villain from Marvel’s Howard the Duck. In Howard the Duck, The Dark Overlord of the Universe was an ancient alien descending from an ancient alien race who were dominators of worlds. He was confined to an alternate dimension until something went wrong and The Dark Overlord managed to take possession of Dr. Walter Jenning’s body and return to Earth. Howard eventually defeats The Dark Overlord and destroys the dimension machine preventing other overlords from coming to Earth.
No evidence at this time links the hacking group to an ancient race of world-dominating aliens, although they do claim to have proof of alien existence, which may or may not be a joke. The Dark Overlord is a notorious group of hackers known for extorting companies to keep sensitive data from being released to the public. Everything that is happening with the current claim of having these highly sensitive documents is a perfect example of their modus operandi.
The group initially would hack sensitive data from companies then sell it off to the highest bidder. A tactic that was short lived as the group began extorting the companies instead. The group has targeted health institutions, schools and media production. They even hacked Netflix and leaked an entire season of Orange Is The New Black. When the group attempted to extort LA-based investment bank WestPark Capital, they eventually released non-disclosure agreements, reports and contracts after the bank refused to meet their demands. The leaked files were confirmed to be legitimate.
While The Dark Overlords claim this breach to be the largest the world has ever seen, many are calling their bluff and claiming the group is trying to exaggerate the importance of the documents they are currently attempting to auction in order to get as much money as possible. The documents are categorized into five different layers with the fifth layer said to be of the highest clearance. So where exactly could such important documents have come from?
In April of 2018, there was a hack against some of the biggest insurers in the world, some of which happened to be the insurers for the World Trade Centers before the 9/11 attacks. The hack was just a quick and subtle bleep in the media. Months later, The Dark Overlord claims Hiscox Syndicates Ltd, Lloyds of London and Silverstein Properties are the alleged victims were the victims. A spokesperson for the Hiscox Group confirmed to Motherboard that a law firm that advised the company did have a security breach and that files related to the litigation of 9/11 could have been stolen.
The law firm’s systems are not connected to Hiscox’s IT infrastructure and Hiscox’s own systems were unaffected by this incident. One of the cases the law firm handled for Hiscox and other insurers related to litigation arising from the events of 9/11, and we believe that information relating to this was stolen during that breach.
Once Hiscox was informed of the law firm’s data breach, it took action and informed policyholders as required. We will continue to work with law enforcement in both the UK and US on this matter.
The hacking group made their announcement on New Year’s Eve. The group had been using the Twitter handle @tdo_h4ck3rsto as one of their main points of communication with the public until Twitter suspended the account on Wednesday. The group has primarily been using Pastebin for press releases and to leak a few files as evidence of the hack. The group has stated they will only release the sensitive data if they receive the money they want.
The demand for money to release what may be evidence of one of America’s greatest acts of treason against its own people has the group under scrutiny by many. The Dark Overlord has made their intentions painfully clear. They are not hacktivists. They do not give two shits about saving the world or a great awakening of the masses. Even if they receive the money demanded, they do not care if the documents are released to the public. They are looking to line their own pockets with Bitcoin, period! They are even willing to sell bits and portions of the documents for as low as $250 according to a press release following the suspension of their Twitter account. The price tag for the entire level five container currently has a $2 million price tag on it.
Checkpoint 01 – 250 USD of BTC = 25 ‘random’ documents from Layer 1.
Checkpoint 02 – 500 USD of BTC = 25 ‘random’ documents from Layer 1.
Checkpoint 03 – 750 USD of BTC = 40 ‘random’ documents from Layer 1.
Checkpoint 04 – 1.000 USD of BTC = 50 ‘random’ documents from Layer 1.
Layer_1.container – 5.000 USD of BTC (All Layer 1 Documents)
Checkpoint 05 – 6.500 USD of BTC = 50 ‘random’ documents from Layer 2.
Checkpoint 06 – 8.500 USD of BTC = 50 ‘random’ documents from Layer 2.
Checkpoint 07 – 12.000 USD of BTC = 50 ‘random’ documents from Layer 2.
Checkpoint 08 – 25.000 USD of BTC = 50 ‘random’ documents from Layer 2.
Layer_2.container – 50.000 USD of BTC (All Layer 2 Documents)
Checkpoint 09 – 65.000 USD of BTC = 100 ‘random’ documents from Layer 3.
Checkpoint 10 – 85.000 USD of BTC = 100 ‘random’ documents from Layer 3.
Layer_3.container – 100.000 USD of BTC (All Layer 2 Documents)
Checkpoint 11 – 250.000 USD of BTC = 250 ‘random’ documents from Layer 4.
Checkpoint 12 – 500.000 USD of BTC = 250 ‘random’ documents from Layer 4.
Layer_4.container – 1.000.000 USD of BTC (All Layer 4 Documents)
Checkpoint 13 – 1.500.000 USD of BTC = 5 ‘random’ documents from Layer 5.
Layer_5.container – 2.000.000 USD of BTC (All Layer 5 Documents)
In a Q&A on 4chan, The Dark Overlord was met with mixed reactions. Some called the group geniuses, and others accused the group of being a LARP (Live Action Role-Playing). The group claimed to make the announcement on New Year’s Eve in order to force “Fortune 500 companies in the UK and USA to build damage control and COA plans on their New Years holiday, robbing them of any pleasure and bringing in their new year at a new low.” You can read Q&A responses from The Dark Overlord below and come to your own conclusion.
Q: This doesn’t seem like something a group that uses the darkweb would do in public.
A: This is something we do. We can’t speak for the others. This is our modus operandi. We like to do everything we can to squeeze every last coin out of our victims. We’re financially motivated.
For everyone else asking why we’re not dumping it all, we have. It’s available to torrent.
Our official Press Release with more info is available here: pastebin.com/4F5R8QyQ
Q: 9.8 gigs seems a lot for just documents. Does it include videos or audio recordings?
A: We’re withholding anything that isn’t text-readable for now.
Q: who did 9/11 in your opinion based on the docs?
A: We don’t really give a fuck. We want internet money.
We’ve already released a select few documents to serve as proof of our claims. We’re about to change the fucking world. Edward Snowden’s NSA leak will be pale in comparison.
Q: (ID: QYsiPYKc)
A: When we deal with clients who have PoF, we provide such presentations.
We’re quite wealthy, earning hundreds of BTC per year in profit from our systematic cyber-extortion. GCHQ coined that term for us. You can read their advisory about this organisation.
Q: Hi, thedarkoverlord, Have you considered that information may well be used crash the monetary system you hope to be compensated in?
A: Fantastic question, mate. We’re not concerned about that as we receive our payments only in internet money like Bitcoin. The monetary crash will be your problem. We always advise our clients to diversify and acquire different convertible currencies.
Q: Explain attack vector that lead to initial shell. Web based? Misconfigired service? Well known exploit?
A: Nice try, Mandiant.
Q: How? You stated that your intent was to sell it to the highest bidder. That just means that it will get buried.
A: We’re financially motivated. We’re not motivated by saving the planet.
Q: Waiting for overlords dead man switch
A: We have several layers of ‘dead man’s switches’ deployed. This is why the entire archive we’d plan to release is freely downloadable now. We’re sitting on our high entropy master encryption keys that can be released through even a failure of the organisation.
Q: The thing is, I (and few others) are willing to pay. Provided that OP understands at least basics how such trades are executed.
A: We’re highly reputable, having sold hundreds of BTC worth of intellectual property, R&D, databases, and more. Our official contact details are in our office Press Release. Please contact us using PGP. We’ll happily conform to your requirements to substantiate our loot.
Q: if you DO get paid then we can assume the world’s not save because you’d not release them right?
A: That’s correct. We’re not here to save the world. We’re here to get paid internet money. We’re not motivated by ego or charity, only money.
Q: Hey thedarkoverlord, give us something for free you poofters.
A: We already have. Pay attention, fag.
For everyone speaking about the hack of a global insurer, you should understand how sophisticated litigation works. We’re sitting on SSI and SCI from TSA, FBI, FAA, USDOJ, and others. Refer to our official PR for more information.
Q: Thoughts on Cicada 3301 and WikiLeaks? particularly who is behind Cicada?
A: We don’t speculate on other organisations. We focus on ourselves.
Q: Do you have a timeline you can disclose for releasing each layer?
A: There is a timeline, but we can’t share details about that.
Q: Your group could have chosen to privately auction this info to the same exact bidders you will likely get through these public antics. That makes me question your timing. Why disrupt our system of things and way of life now ( assuming your I do is as world changing as you state)? Why now?
A: Tis the season.
Q: I don’t give a shit what he wants I’ll kick in 20 bucks for anything that peaks my interest one single doc to prove it’s not a nothing burger with no strings attached I’ve been sitting on btc since 50 btc blocks.
A: Ff you’d like to be the first person to purchase a single file or two from us, you’re welcome to. We’d happily sell you something right now. Our Twitter has our e-mail on it. Get in contact, mate.
Q: what would anyone who is selling world shattering documents for millions of dollars try selling them on 4chan?
A: We’re not selling anything on 4chan. We’re working SEO right now. Google ‘thedarkoverlord’ and see for yourself. It’s driving a tremendous amount of traffic to our content. This is all calculated and pre-arranged.
Q: Fuck yeah based hackerman. I read the release, make those fuckers pay for breaking the deal. They should pay extra just for being so stupid to let you find anything in their network in the first place. Too easy probably, IT people are lazy as fuck. Get paid.
A: We’ve probably hacked your company too.
Q: I’d be willing to chip in with others to see it if I was sure it would be world shaking info. Not something the average person would change the TV when it came up on the news. On a scale of 1-10 how system breaking is the info?
A: You’re the smart one here, asking the right questions. We’d say it’s a 7.5, all things considered. Snowden may have been a 5.5, maybe a 6. More people care about 911 than USA spying. Now, our next release about UFOs, yeah, that’s a 10 mate, but it’s going to wait until we’re done here. If you’d like to buy 911 documents from us, read the answers above.
Anyone can see ample proof on our official PR and our official Twitter @tdo_h4ck3rs. This is quiet real. We’d like to top Edward Snowden. Everyone saying they’re coming for us: we know. GCHQ has published advisories about us and the Billings Gazette news publisher leaked the fact that the CIA and NSA event attempted to locate us last year in October after we closed down 50.000 students and 36 schools in an entire region of Montana for 7 days. This is readily available news.
Q: Actually appears legit. On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely do you think it is that your leak could cause a former-sitting president to get lynched?
Also, hope your DMS shoots to a Blockchian.
A: We’d rather not say, for fear of his safety.
We’ll be sharing a few new screencaps momentarily, to stir the pot a bit.
Q: Whats the deadline Big Corp has to pay up before the files are leaked.
A: It’s not just one company. Our deadlines are fluid. We can’t discuss specifics unless you’re a client. We take our client relationships very seriously.
Q: This, I’ve been searching for a certified version of darkoverlord public key, and can’t find one. This just points to more proof that this is a discord larp.
A: Read our posts as we specifically lay this out.
Q: Why not accept monero too?
A: Because we prefer BTC instead.
Q: So given your financial motivation, is it safe to assume you’re “group” is more anarchy than order?
That is to say, are you looking to shift power,take power, or destroy power?
A: We’re not interested in power, only internet money.
Q: Their answer here will actually clue in their degree of technical competency. I’d add – justify why it will reach this price.
A: We haven’t shared a price, at all. Depending on what a buyer would like, we adjust our offer.
Q: Iron Mountain is a military base. Why is a WTC Insurer shredding documents on it?
A: Great question. We’ll direct you to ur official PR which details it. We’ll quote the issue for you below:
“When major incidents like the WTC 911 incident happen, part of the litigation must involve SSI (Sensitive Security Information) and SCI (Special Compartment Information) from the likes of the FBI, CIA, TSA, FAA, DOD, and others being introduced into evidence, but of course this can’t become public, for fear of compromising a nation’s security, so they temporarily release these materials to the solicitor firms involved in the litigation with the strict demand they’re destroyed after their use and that remain highly protected and confidential to only be used behind closed doors. However, humans aren’t perfect and many of these documents don’t become destroyed, and when thedarkoverlord comes along hacking all these solicitor firms, investment banks, and global insurers, we stumble upon the juiciest secrets a government has to offer.”
Q: Hey do you take hack requests? I have a couple of bitcoins…
A: Visit our official Twitter @tdo_h4ck3rs where our contact details are readily available. We operate on a strict protocol and often times require bonding.
Q: Plz answer before 404, what is the significance of the painting you used in the OP and as your twitter pic? Why use that painting in particular?
A: We’re unwilling to provide too many details, but the painting is quite nice, don’t you think? The artist is a wonderful person.
Q: I would imagine you guys are pretty high up on the wanted list by now, has the deep state tried anything against you guys yet?
Q: why leak on new years eve
A: Because it forces about a dozen Fortune 500 companies in the UK and USA to build damage control and COA plans on their New Years holiday, robbing them of any pleasure and bringing in their new year at a new low.
Q: if i purchase the doc’s, whats stopping me uploading it everywhere? will you guys get annoyed?
A: Once we’re paid, they’re yours. You do as we you wish. We couldn’t care any less.
Q: yeah has there been any strange shit happening that makes you think they’re on to you or that you’ve being targetted already?
A: Other than them telling victims to pay us because it’s the best move to save their arses, we sleep like babies.
Q: Likes,kind of a career ending big heist, don’t you think?
A: We already live like the ending of a great heist movie, on warm beaches with loads of internet money. We’re quite happy.
Q: Why do you care about their pleasure or them starting new year at all time low, thought this was all just business?
A: It’s all business. Psychologically, they’re most vulnerable when this process is used and it resutls in higher success rates for us.
Q: Apparently the guy they caught was in Serbia.
A: A complete random stranger.
Q: The question about crypto was good, do you have any predictions about BTC next year and do you think it’s still the best currency to invest in?
A: We predict we’ll earn even more BTC. As our clients are paying us while we have them bent over a barrel, we always advise them to buy up for their personal portfolios.
Below is what documents The Dark Overlord have released through Pastebin at this point put into PDF form. There is nothing too exciting and overall they are exactly what you would expect from a preview of a hack entering the world of extortion would be.Dole