Radiohead doesn’t respond well to hackers’ demand for payoff.
The British rock band has published 18 hours of unreleased tracks from its sessions for OK Computer, which came out in 1997. The archived music spans the years from 1995 to 1998.
In a Facebook post, Radiohead stated, “We got hacked a week ago – somebody stole Thom’s minidisk archive from around the time of OK Computer, and reportedly demanded $150,000 on threat of releasing it.”
Instead of paying up, Radiohead posted the long hours of unreleased audio on Bandcamp, and it’ll be available for the following 18 days. It’s free to stream and costs about $22 to download. The proceeds will go to Extinction Rebellion, a UK group fighting for the environment.
In the Facebook post, Radiohead said the unreleased material was never implied for the public’s ears.
US insight offices regularly suggest that victims don’t pay ransoms to hackers, bringing up that customarily cybercriminals commit further crimes if their attacks pay off. And, security companies have noted there’s no guarantee hackers will keep their word once the payment is done.
Hackers have progressively relied on ransomware to attack their victims – introducing malware that holds devices hostage unless people pay up. That is not the same to the hack Radiohead endured, as the band had total access to their documents, however, it follows a similar model: Pay up, or our cyber attack will have critical results.
For Radiohead’s situation, the band members had the option to turn that demand around, publishing the stolen material themselves. In the Bandcamp post, Radiohead expressed, “As it’s out there, it should be out there until we all get bored and move on.”