Hackers Threaten to Release Reddit Data Unless API Changes Are Rolled Back

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A ransomware group that hacked into Reddit's servers back in February is threatening to release stolen data if Reddit does not walk back its planned API changes, reports Bleeping Computer (via The Verge).
At the time of the hack, no one took credit, but ransomware group BlackCat yesterday said that it was responsible. 80GB of compressed data was stolen through a phishing attack, and BlackCat says that the data will be made public unless Reddit pays $4.5 million and withdraws the API pricing changes that will go into effect on July 1.

The group claims to have "interesting confidential data" that includes information on how Reddit tracks users and censors people. BlackCat does not anticipate Reddit cooperating, and says that it expects to leak the data.

At the time of the hack, Reddit said that no user passwords, accounts, or credit card details were impacted, but internal documentation, code, and internal dashboards and business systems were obtained.

BlackCat's demand for an API rollback comes as Reddit prepares to begin charging developers for access to its API. Reddit's fees are putting popular third-party Reddit clients like Apollo out of business, and the API changes have resulted in protests in the form of subreddit blackouts.

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has said that Reddit has no plan to change its new API business model in light of the negative feedback, and it is unlikely that the company will change its API pricing due to the data leak threat.
 

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The hacking group BlackCat, responsible for a February breach of Reddit's servers, has demanded that Reddit withdraw its planned API pricing changes or face the public release of its private data. The group claims to have "interesting confidential data" that includes information on how Reddit tracks users and censors people. Reddit's fees have put popular third-party clients like Apollo out of business, resulting in subreddit blackouts. Despite protests and negative feedback, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has stated that the company has no intention of reversing its API business model.
 

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So, Reddit management have the choice of, monetising the platform, attracting BIG investors to their IPO and making millions of dollars each OR letting a bunch of scumbags release, what should be by now, out of date login details and a few fanboy text messages.

Mmmmm, that's a tough one...
 
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