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Nokia once paid extortionists millions of euros to protect source code

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday June 17, 2014.

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A Finnish news station today reported that Nokia once paid "several million euros" to criminals who said they would expose the source code of Nokia's operating system if a ransom was not paid. Reuters then spoke which Finnish investigators who confirmed that an investigation is ongoing. The crime allegedly occurred between 2007 and 2008 and the perpetrators were never caught because police officers lost track of the package containing money that Nokia paid.

Nokia reportedly agreed to make a payment as part of efforts to track down the criminals, but it was fortunate that the code was never widely deployed. Were criminals to release the encryption key connected to Symbian, it would have been possible for someone to write malware that masked itself as standard software and placed millions of phones at risk. At the time, Nokia was still the world's largest smartphone manufacturer and Symbian was running on half of the smartphones available.

source: Reuters

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