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Sat, 17 Jan, 2015 12:02:19 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jan 17
 
Danske Bank branch in Helsinki. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The recent denial-of-service attacks on two Finnish banks – OP Pohjola and Danske –were attempted blackmails, said the Central Bureau of Investigation.
 
The news first reported by the Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV and the national broadcaster YLE on Friday said the banks were asked to pay through the virtual currency bitcoin for the attacks to cease.
 
In a message relayed through the social media Facebook, OP Pohjola bank was asked to pay 100 bitcoins and Nordea 10 bitcoins equivalent to about 20,000 and 2,000 euros respectively.
 
OP Pohjola bank branch in Helsinki.Photo – Lehtikuva.
The Central Bureau of Investigation revealed that no payment was made to the blackmailers.
 
“It is still impossible to confirm whether perpetrators of the cyber attacks were also the same behind the blackmailing,” said lead investigator Timo Piiroinen.
 
The two banks reported the denial-of-service attacks and the attempted extortion to the Criminal Bureau of Investigation.
 
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