Nokia 'Blackmailed For Millions Of Euros'
2014-06-18, 07:22 PM,
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"The company reportedly left millions of euros in a car park for hackers who collected the cash then lost a police tail."


Quote:Nokia paid several million euros to criminals who threatened to sabotage its smartphone operating system, it has been reported.

It was claimed in a local TV report that the Finnish phone giant left the cash in a car park for the blackmailers to collect – as police looked on.

But the crooks managed to slip the police tail after picking up the money, and are still at large.

Detective Chief Inspector Tero Haapala, from Finland's police service, confirmed the force was investigating a case of alleged blackmail.

He said: "We are investigating felony blackmail, with Nokia the injured party."

The TV report claimed that hackers managed to get hold of the security encryption key for a key part of Nokia's Symbian software, and threatened to make it public.

If the hackers had done so, anyone could have written additional code for Symbian, including possible malware.

Nokia contacted police before agreeing to deliver the cash to a car park in Tampere, central Finland.

After the money was picked up, police lost track of the culprits.

The blackmail attempt happened in 2008, but has only just been revealed.

Nokia later moved to Microsoft's Windows software in its smartphones, and its phone arm has since been sold to the software giant.

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"The Nokia N97 running the Symbian software in 2008"


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Fridge(2014-06-18 07:26 PM) 
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2014-06-18, 07:26 PM,
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this was actually quite interesting to read
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HawkEye(2014-06-18 07:27 PM) 
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2014-06-18, 07:27 PM,
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(2014-06-18, 07:26 PM)25aug Wrote: this was actually quite interesting to read

I'm trying to pick out good stuff for this section. Smile
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Fridge(2014-06-18 07:28 PM) 
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2014-06-18, 07:37 PM,
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Symbian and Nokia -> Worst SmartPhone and System ever.
It's good that they are with Microsoft now, lot of update.
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2014-06-19, 03:17 PM,
(This post was last modified: 2014-06-19, 03:18 PM by ℛᴏʏᴀʟ ɢs.)
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Although it was in 2008, I still kind of feel sorry for them. Other companies richer than Nokia wouldn't even pay 1M - they would just let all their users deal with the huge mess. Sounds like the police were corrupt as well, who knows.
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2014-06-19, 03:41 PM,
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(2014-06-19, 03:17 PM)ℛoyal Wrote: Although it was in 2008, I still kind of feel sorry for them. Other companies richer than Nokia wouldn't even pay 1M - they would just let all their users deal with the huge mess. Sounds like the police were corrupt as well, who knows.

I think they were silly to even respond, doing that only makes you open to further exploits from them.
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