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Hackers demand 10 million UK Pounds
From: mea culpa (jerichodimensional.com)
Date: Thu Jan 20 2000 - 14:44:09 CST
Forwarded From: William Knowles <erehwonkizmiaz.dis.org>
COMPUTER hackers have demanded a 10 million ransom from Visa, the credit
card giant, after claiming to have stolen critical data.
Visa's British head office was contacted just before Christmas by a group
which said it obtained the information during a hacking raid last summer.
Visa refused to pay the ransom and contacted police.
A Visa spokesman admitted the British-based hackers managed to penetrate
its computer network last July but were detected almost immediately and
only stole useless information. He said: "As fast as they were in they
were found out. To our knowledge they've not been back in."
Police are investigating and Scotland Yard is understood to have already
talked to one suspect.