Businesses are using injunctions to stop hackers publishing secrets – or they’re trying to!
Matt Burgess reports:
“Do not pretend that I do not exist, do not ignore me or break the deadlines,” was the message from one unknown hacker to a British company targeted in February 2018. The person stole a “very large quantity of data”.
Both the hacker and the hacked company are the subject of a High Court injunction. The legal ruling from judge Matthew Nicklin, has been taken out to stop the company being named and prohibits hacked data from being stolen.
The case gives an insight into one hacker’s demands to a company and how it responded. It is the latest in a number of injunctions being taken out by companies that are looking to protect information that has been stolen from their servers.
Read more on Wired (UK).
OK, I don’t see how this is going to stop the hackers from dumping data if they don’t get paid. Maybe some web hosts will honor/comply with an injunction and remove data, but there are just too many ways/places to dump data for this to really make a serious dent in the problem. And what would stop a U.S. journalist from reporting on the breach, naming the company, and discussing any stolen data???