Customers of hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger have been threatened after a new data leak at the hardware company. Ledger users have received frightening emails this week after the manufacturer lost the data of 20 thousand customers in a new data breach.
Ledger is one of the most popular manufacturers of hardware wallets that allow you to easily store bitcoin (BTC). This leak was at a partner, Shopify.
Threatened customers Ledger
The threats come from hackers operating under the names Darrin Burlew and Denni Hornig. Reddit user Crypthomie, a former flight attendant living in the United Arab Emirates, says his father received disturbing messages today.
The email contained his name, address and phone number and a request to transfer 0.3 bitcoin or 10 ether. Currently, that has a value of more than $10,000. Does he not comply with the request? Then physical violence will follow.
Crypthomie says it is taking the matter extremely seriously and Crypto Profit scam says that Ledger has made a big mistake. He knows that the scammers mainly try to intimidate the victims, but when it comes to your family, that is never fun.
„Nobody will just knock on your door, but the feeling of insecurity is enough reason for Ledger to take action. This can’t go on.“
Other users received similar emails. „Can you imagine the horrors that can happen to you and your loved ones?
This is what an email looks like:
𝚂𝚞𝚛𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚒𝚗𝚏𝚘 𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎? 𝙰𝚍𝚍𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚕𝚘𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚌𝚛𝚢𝚙𝚝𝚘.
𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚗𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 (𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎) 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚗𝚎𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚋𝚘𝚛𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚋𝚞𝚛𝚐𝚕𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚊. 𝙳𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚢𝚎𝚝!
𝙱𝚞𝚝, 𝚒𝚏 𝙸 𝚘𝚌𝚌𝚞𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚘 𝚜𝚘, 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚋𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚜 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚋𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎?
𝙵𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚝? 𝙱𝚞𝚝, 𝚒𝚝 𝚍𝚘𝚎𝚜𝚗’𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚊𝚢. 𝙸’𝚕𝚕 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊 𝚜𝚘𝚕𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜. 𝚂𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚎 𝚎𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝟶.𝟹 𝙱𝚃𝙲 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚌𝟷𝚚𝚐𝟼𝚗𝚑𝟺𝟸𝟾𝟼𝟹𝚡𝟿𝟺𝟹𝚡𝚌𝟺𝚞𝟼𝚎𝚏𝚚𝚢𝟸𝟽𝚝𝚗𝚡𝟾𝟾𝚞𝚍𝚛𝟶^𝚓𝚍𝚚𝟾𝚡 𝚘𝚛 𝟷𝟶 𝙴𝚃𝙷 𝚝𝚘 𝟶^𝚡𝚋𝙰𝟻𝚍𝟽𝟼𝟺𝟿𝚍𝙴𝚏𝟹𝟸𝟻𝚊𝙰𝟼𝚊𝚎𝟹𝙰𝙱𝟿𝟿𝙴𝙳𝙰𝚍𝚎𝟹𝟼𝟿𝟻𝟷𝟾𝙵𝟶𝟹𝟻𝟿 [𝚌𝚊𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚙𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎 𝚒𝚝, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚎 ^^ 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚒𝚝] 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝 𝟸𝟺 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒’𝚕𝚕 𝚙𝚞𝚝 𝚊 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚙 𝚘𝚗 𝚖𝚢 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗.
𝚈𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚍𝚊𝚝𝚊 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚍𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒’𝚕𝚕 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚕𝚢. 𝙸𝚏 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚏𝚊𝚒𝚕 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚞𝚕𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚖𝚢 𝚍𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝 𝟸𝟺 𝚑𝚛𝚜,
𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚌𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕2 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚖𝚢 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚑𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚜 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎 𝚘𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞. 𝙸 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚛𝚞𝚒𝚗 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚋𝚢 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚒𝚌𝚎.
With these kinds of threats, criminals try to get their victims to transfer money.
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New data breach Ledger via Shopify
The threats occurred one day after Ledger announced a new data leak. In the new leak, the data of twenty thousand customers of the company was stolen. According to Ledger, this had to do with malicious persons from the company’s support team. So it was an internal problem.
In response to the attacks, Ledger started collaborating with the blockchain analysis company Chainalysis. They hope this will enable them to trace any scammers and mark the bitcoin as stolen.
If this is successful, it will be difficult for scammers to exchange bitcoin for fiat money on (large) exchanges. Ledger has also issued a bonus of 10 bitcoin for information leading to the successful arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.