Ransomware attacks have taken an especially nasty turn in the last week. An individual or group of people going by the pseudonym Dark Overlord has been terrorizing a high school in Montana after launching a ransomware attack. In addition to demanding the usual amount of digital cybercurrency, the attackers have been evoking the images of multiple massacres involving school-aged children to induce local authorities to comply with their demands. The hackers know precisely what it is in this day and age that parents fear most when they send their children off to school every day.
Dark Overlord is the same nom de guerre employed by the individual or group of people that also launched the recent ransomware attacks against HBO and Netflix this year demanding to be paid to not post stolen intellectual property on the Web before the media companies' scheduled broadcast. Even after receiving a reported $50,000 payment the hackers apparently went ahead in one instance and released an episode of Orange is the New Black before its official release.