Nokia paid millions in ransom to criminals preparing to release code

Nokia paid a ransom after criminals blackmailed the company, saying they would release Symbian OS source code if they weren't given the money.

Published Wed, Jun 18 2014 2:34 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Major phone manufacturer Nokia suffered a data breach more than six years ago that led cybercriminals to demand a ransom of a few million dollars. Alarmingly, the criminals stumbled across the mobile Symbian operating system's encryption key, and threatened to make the source code public. Nokia quickly paid the ransom.

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Coordinating with the Finnish police, Nokia officials made the drop in central Finland, but authorities lost track of the criminals. It's a felony blackmail case that is years old, but police haven't said if they have new leads in the investigation.

Following a drop in Symbian dominance, Nokia later switched to Microsoft Windows Phone OS - and the U.S. based company purchased the Finnish handset manufacturer in early 2014 for $7.6 billion.

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