Cracked.com/KingMagazine/King’s-March-3-Robbery-Cover-Art-1/Cracked.jpg King’s march 3, the most successful digital theft in history, is still going strong.
A team of hackers from the Crack Team broke into King’s website and stole the passwords for the website’s 1.6 million users, the ransom note said.
The team then went back to King’s site and posted a new ransom note, and the hacker team took the same one.
That ransom note has been circulating for months, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
In an email to the Washington Post, King said that the company had alerted law enforcement and it was working to identify the hackers and recover its users.
“We’re still working to recover all the passwords, so we can make sure everything is OK,” he wrote.
King’s first statement on the incident on its official website reads: King’s business was taken offline by the thieves yesterday, and we have contacted law enforcement to request a search warrant for their data, including our servers.
We’ve also notified King’s customers and we are working with them to identify any other affected users and take action to ensure they get back into their King account as soon as possible.
Cracked reported last week that the ransom notes had been circulating online.
The King’s official Facebook page was taken down.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cracking, an independent security firm that has published detailed findings of cyberattacks on organizations including Sony, Sony Pictures, Microsoft, and Yahoo, said the breach was particularly alarming because it was a large data breach, with more than 1 million user accounts and a total of more than $7 billion in data stolen.
A few hours after the breach, King’s Twitter account was restored.
Cracking said in a statement that it has received the ransom notice and is investigating the matter “to determine the true nature of the intrusion.”
It is unclear how the hackers obtained the data.
Crackers reported on the matter in an article published on Tuesday.
Cracks’ report said the hacker who took the King ransom note is a former employee who is “a member of a criminal organization.”
The company said that this hacker has since left the company and that no further action was taken by King.