RealNews

Crucial Data Rescued After Hacker Raid: Key Server Stripped: 'It Was Akin to Hacking Into The Pentagon'

Three weeks ago, in a stunning raid, Russian hackers seized control of the servers that support one of the Internet’s largest online gaming operations, demanding a ransom. It was a real-life, high-tech version of the movie Ocean’s Eleven. By the time the ransom was paid, one key server — the one containing all operational data for 120 Internet gaming sites and a long list of consulting clients — seemed to be stripped of its data. At stake were all the operational records of a gambling empire. “We didn’t even have the names of customers,” says Juan Bonilla, executive vice-president of Grafix Softech F.A. of San Juan, Costa Rica. “We lost everything.” To make matters worse, little, if any, of the data had been backed up off-site. Grafix Softech was losing an estimated US$75,000 a day in profits, and the incident left it open to lawsuits from customers whose businesses relied on Grafix Softech’s services. What could have been a major disaster became a bump in the corporate road. In an amazing feat of ingenuity, CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc. of Markham, Ont., managed to recover all the lost data. It was a close call, admits Bill Margeson, president of CBL. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.