Saying it was "welcoming 2019 with open arms and a big announcement," the Dark Overlord hacker group Monday threatened via a Pastebin post to release files it said were nicked from a law firm - believed to have advised insurer Hiscox Syndicares Ltd. - that handled September 11-related cases.

Information pilfered includes “emails, retainer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, settlements, litigation strategies, liability analysis, defence formations, collection of expert witness testimonies, testimonies, communications with government officials in countries all over the world, voice mails, dealings with the FBI, USDOJ, DOD, and more, confidential communications, and so much more,” the group wrote, explaining that the law firm paid the initial ransom demand but then breached the terms of agreement by reporting to law enforcement.

The group, which threatened to “bury” the company unless a second ransom demand was paid in bitcoin, said it would escalate the release of the law firm’s internal files, noting “each time a Layer is opened, a new wave of liability will fall upon you.”

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