According to reports, Telecommunications company, Nokia, was blackmailed by hackers for “millions of euros” threatening the release of encryption key that it uses in Symbian operating system.
A Finnish television station reported that National Bureau of Investigation was investigating the blackmail case, which is believed to have occurred at the end of the year 2007.
Furthermore, the encryption key employed in Symbian operating system was basically used to restrain external applications from being acquired by other phones without the approval of Nokia. If the key had been leaked, this could have allowed the cyber criminals to create apps that would have appeared to the phone users as legal Symbian apps and updates. However, it instead had malware and other harmful code.
During the extortion saga, the market share of Nokia’s smartphone stood at almost 50%, and its Symbian operating system was also used by some other producers. It is not yet clear that how the blackmailer obtained the key, however, it is sure that Nokia did pay a significant amount to forbid it from being publicized.
Millions of Euros in cash were left in car parking in Tampere, Finland. However, at that moment, the police could not trace it.
Tero Haapala, Director Chief inspector of Finnish National Bureau of Investigation, said, “We are investigating felony blackmail, with Nokia the injured party.” He did not provide any further details of the unsolved case.
Moreover, Nokia has also not yet responded to a request for comments.