Bollywood actress Pooja Bedi, an eminent pop-culture icon within the nation, had a ransomware assault on her web site. In accordance with Bedi’s statements to native authorities, hackers took management of the actress’ business web site and demanded a ransom handy the reins again to her. Furthermore, the hackers threatened that they’d use the web site for gross sales of narcotic substances if the ransom just isn’t paid.
This incident strikes India at a time when all of Bollywood is beneath examine, going through a severe narcotics cost. Moreover, ransomware assaults are rampant throughout the globe, and malicious actors are continuously utilizing social engineering methods to discover new modus operandis.
Pooja Bedi owns an e-commerce web site, “happysoul.in”, which ransomware hackers attacked. Bedi took to Twitter to voice her plight, the place she alerted native police authorities in regards to the hack and posted a screenshot of the ransom observe. The observe clearly states the ransom demand – zero.2 bitcoins, slightly greater than 1.5 lakh INR, and roughly $2100. The hackers additionally threatened to make use of the web site as a gross sales window for narcotics if the ransom was not paid, clearly benefiting from the delicate state of the Indian movie business.
Pricey @DGP_Goa my ecommerce web site https://t.co/zjGS86eyQX HACKED AGAIN final night time & this time they state if i don’t pay ransom they may promote DRUGS on my web site. I’ve registered FIR in outdated goa police cyber cell final week however no motion from cops.
My firm regd in Goa @goacm pic.twitter.com/X6UZQmASkZ
— Pooja Bedi (@poojabeditweets) October 5, 2020
In a tweet, she stated “Pricey @DGP_Goa my eCommerce web site http://happysoul.in HACKED AGAIN final night time & this time they state if I don’t pay the ransom they may promote DRUGS on my web site. I’ve registered (an) FIR in Previous Goa Police Cyber Cell final week however no motion from Cops. My firm regd in Goa @goacm”.
Pooja Bedi additionally tweeted to web site coordinator ‘GoDaddy’, the curator and supplier of the net handle. In accordance with the tweet, GoDaddy additionally has not been of a lot assist to her. The actions of legislation enforcement authorities haven’t been revealed but, though the Cyber Cell of the native police division has been alerted. The actress is at the moment residing within the state of Goa in Western India.