Hackers are selling more than 85,000 MySQL databases on a dark web portal
The portal has been part of a database ransom scheme that has been going on since the start of the year, ZDNet reports. Cybercriminals have hacked into MySQL databases, downloading tables, deleting original versions and leaving ransom notes behind, which instruct server owners to contact the attackers to get their data back.
While initial ransom notes asked victims to contact the attackers by email, the hackers also automated their DB ransom scheme on the dark web. Victims who accessed the hacker sites were asked to enter a unique ID, found in the ransom note, before being presented with the page auctioning their data.