Movie streaming service Plex hacked and the hacker wants ransom or will release all the private information.
Users utilizing the movie streaming service Plex or are relatively active on the Plex forum need to change their passwords immediately. On Thursday Plex officially announced their system has been hacked and the hackers have gained access to certain personal user information. even more astonishing is the fact the hacker is demanding ransom money in exchange for the information.
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According to Plex on Thursday the 1st of July, around 1 pm their server had been hacked and both their forum and blogs were compromised in the cyber-attack. The hacker was successful in gaining access to personal information of the users such as IP addresses, forum private messages, email addresses, and encrypted passwords.
Plex has also taken counter measure and reset the password of their forum users. Users have been sent emails to check details on how to retrieve the reset password, especially the Plex forum users.
Meanwhile the hackers are demanding money and have been threatening Plex by stating they will release the personal information of the Plex users if they are not paid by the deadline. The ransom demand first surfaced on Reddit, when the hacker posted the deadline to be the 3rd of July for the ransom.
The hackers has demanded 9.5 BTC for all the personal user information, otherwise the hacker will release all the data publicly. However the ransom demand was upped today and the deadline has been extended for two days until the 5th of July and if the payment is not made by the end of today, even the ransom will increase by 5 BTC.
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The hacker is threatening he will release the data through various torrent networks and individual forum members can also pay separately to exclude their data from the list.