ProtonMail Pays Bitcoin Ransom to Stop DDoS Attacks

Encrypted email service provider ProtonMail recently and grudgingly gave in to a ransom demand of 15 bitcoin (approx $6000) to attackers who targeted the service with destructive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. ProtonMail, an encrypted email service set up by CERN scientists in Geneva and researchers at MIT, has revealed crippling DDoS attacks to be the cause of a recent outage suffered by the crypto e-mail service provider. Two groups are believed to be behind the attacks, one of which began the cyber-strikes and put forth the ransom demand. …