A famous horse racing website (Racingpulse.in) which operates from Bangalore city, India was hacked on this Tuesday. The attackers who hacked left a notice on the home page of this website that they have encrypted the entire data of this website. In the norm they left, they also informed about what they want as ransom. Their ransom note suggested that want ransom amount in Bitcoins while the amount to be paid was not disclosed clearly.
They also mentioned an email address for further communication and it was registered at india.com. Here is a weired part, the hackers who encrypted all athe data in Racingpulse.in ofered an unimaginable favour to the website owners. They gave the decryption key of a maximum of three files for free which should not be more than 10mb of size. They probably did this to prove that they really hacked and encrypted all the files on the site. The note read:
“All your files are encrypted: All your files are encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to have them back, write us to the e-mail email@example.com, You have to pay for the decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment, we will send you decryption tool which will decrypt all your files. “Free decryption as a proof: Before paying you can send to us up to 3 files for free decryption. Please note that files should NOT contain valuable information, and their total size should be less than 10Mb.”
Looks like the hackers are concerned about getting the facts straightly laid out, which is why they have also included the information on “How to obtain Bitcoins” in their ransom note with a detailed guideline on which site to access, how to register and buy the bitcoins using a certain payment method. The message has a link to the beginners’ guide to Bitcoins too.