Finnish telecoms equipment company Nokia paid several million
euros to criminals who threatened to reveal the source code for
part of an operating system used in its smartphones some six years
ago, Finnish TV station MTV said on Tuesday. […]
MTV said that the blackmailers had acquired the encryption key
for a core part of Nokia’s Symbian software and threatened to
make it public. Had it done so anyone could then have written
additional code for Symbian including possible malware which
would have been indistinguishable from the legitimate part of the
software, MTV said.
After the blackmail attempt Nokia contacted the police and agreed
to deliver the cash to a parking lot in Tampere, central Finland.
The money was picked up but the police lost track of the culprits,