Hackers blackmail Domino's Pizza

A group called Rex Mundi is threatening to release stolen customer account information unless it gets $41,000.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 16, 2014 1:56PM
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Caption: A Domino’s Pizza employee prepares a pizza for a customerBy Dylan Love, Business Insider

A hacker group called Rex Mundi blackmailed the French and Belgian operations of Domino's Pizza (DPZ) for €30,000 (around $40,600 USD), threatening to release stolen account information of over 600,000 Domino's customers, reports ITNews.

The hackers wrote on a Web clipboard service that each record contained a customer's name, address, telephone number, email address, and password. 

The group claimed to have 592,000 such records for French customers and 68,000 for Belgian customers.

The Domino's France Twitter account confirmed the breach and referred to the hackers as "seasoned professionals," adding that "it is likely that they are able to decode the encrypted information, including passwords."

Though the Rex Mundi Twitter account is now suspended, it formerly stated that Domino's customer data is quite vulnerable to thieves, as it is stored in a relatively unsecured format.

A Domino's spokesperson said that the affected data in question only involved names, email addresses, and phone numbers, and emphasized that no banking or financial information was accessed, as the company doesn't retain it.

Instead of paying up, Domino's took the breach to the French authorities, making this attempted blackmail on the company the latest in a series of Rex Mundi's failed attempts to turn a dime from its hacking skills. 

According to The Register, the group published "thousands of customer loan records after it attempted to extract $15,000 from payday loan provider Americash Advance" and failed to get paid for stealing and "subsequently publishing 12,000 names of Belgian hosting firm Alfanet."

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Jun 16, 2014 3:30PM
Hackers are becoming too much of a pain and the penalties should be dramatically increased.  The death penalty sounds reasonable.
Jun 16, 2014 3:29PM
I bet the hackers expected the money delivered in 30 minutes or less...
Jun 16, 2014 3:26PM
Do they want the money pick-up or delivery?
See if they will negotiate...

How bout 50 bucks and two large pizza's loaded????
Jun 16, 2014 3:48PM
Tell them you don't have $41,000 to give and ask if they will take pizza instead. Then offer free home delivery and have the police deliver it.
Jun 16, 2014 3:35PM

and this is one of the reasons we can't have nice things...

also the reason why I use cash for restaurant purchases...

Jun 16, 2014 3:39PM
And my friends wonder why I will not use online site to pay bills and why I use cash instead of a debit/credit card.  
Jun 16, 2014 2:52PM
HAHA - Rex Mundi is latin for "King of the World" and a fictional character in Malibu Comics' Ultraverse imprint.
Jun 16, 2014 4:07PM
A Dominos ACCOUNT? I'm glad I'm old and about to die, otherwise I'd be very, very depressed.
Jun 16, 2014 3:57PM
It's amazing how smart and talented these hackers are.  I wouldn't doubt if they have had ties to IT security companies.  We have firewalls, script blocking, logging records and analysis; and it is never ending.
I ordered from Domino's a few weeks ago.  I had their carryout special, without a doubt THE WORST PIZZA IN MY 67 years.  Maybe the hackers' punishment should be they HAVE TO EAT Domino's pizza.
Jun 16, 2014 4:23PM
Not the smartest hackers around.  Domino's doesn't care about its customers' privacy and personal well-being.  What the hackers should have stolen was the list of actual ingredients that go into a Domino's pizza and threatened to release that.

Then again, Domino's customers actually ingest their pizzas in spite of how they taste, so maybe even that wouldn't have worked.

Jun 16, 2014 4:36PM

I am glad that at least they went after the big boys and not the customers.


Jun 16, 2014 3:35PM
They are just as bad... They wont deliver your Pizza for 30 minutes until you pay them.
Punishment is so far behind the times for the crime. this is why i don't order fast food via the internet, it's a stupid idea.
Jun 16, 2014 3:40PM

"The King of the World" is wearing dancing shoes....

And stumbled and fell....   Now thats funny....

Jun 16, 2014 5:17PM

Here is what I would do. 

1) Pay this guy the $41,600 (US)

2) Hire the finest Detective Agencies and Mercenaries in the world to hunt this guy down! 

3) Once found, Beat him and Kill him!

4) Problem solved.

Jun 16, 2014 4:57PM
Pay them 30,000 years in prison instead.. If they are willing to break the law to hack the information.. there is no guarantee that they will not copy and sell the information after getting pay... use that money to fix the systems instead.
Jun 16, 2014 4:30PM

Hacker are trying to blackmail Domino's and force them to make a decent pizza.

Jun 17, 2014 5:51AM
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