Italian hackers steal artists’ data, demand millions in ransom for return Oct 21, 2021 0 0 12345 DPA RomeHackers in Italy have stolen massive amounts of artists’ data and are demanding 3 million euros (3.4 million dollars) in ransom for their return. The Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE) - which collects royalties on behalf of musicians, actors, authors and dancers - was hacked on Wednesday, resulting in around 60 gigabytes of material being encrypted and now unreadable. SIAE director Geatano Blandini told the ANSA news agency that 28,000 documents - including addresses, identity cards and medical information - were downloaded and have in part already appeared for sale on the dark web. The hackers were demanding 3 million euros in bitcoin, he said. “The SIAE will not pay a ransom,” Blandini said, adding that the authorities were now involved in the case.The hack was a ransomware attack, he said, referring to when hackers hack a computer and encrypt all the data on it, rendering it inaccessible to the owner. The hackers then demand payment to decrypt the files. There was reportedly a smaller attack on SIAE a few weeks ago, for which a hacker group called Everest claimed responsibility, according to ANSA. Pages 1234 RELATED ARTICLES Floods, landslides kill over 100 in India, Nepal Oct 21, 2021 0 0 Bolsonaro accused of crimes against humanityBrazil parliamentary panel conducting Covid-19 probe wants president charged with nine crimes Oct 21, 2021 0 0 Deadly violence hits Damascus, rebel bastion in Syria Oct 21, 2021 0 0 Justice review reveals lapses, use of excessive force in drug warThe Philippines DPA Manila The Philippines’ Department of Justice on Wednesday released details of 52 cases of killings it reviewed under the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, showing excessive use of force and lapses in .. Italian hackers demand millions in ransom for return of artists' data DPA Warsaw The leader of Poland’s conservative ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has accused EU institutions of trying to bring about a change of power in his country. Brussels is seeking a “servile ..