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MTV: Nokia paid several million to extortionists to keep code secret

The commercial broadcaster MTV reports Tuesday that mobile phone company Nokia handed over millions of euros to extortionists to ensure the protection of part of its mobile phone code.

Lähikuva metallisesta Nokian kyltistä Espooni Keilaniemessä.
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According to the Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV, the National Bureau of Investigation NBI is investigating the case as aggravated extortion.

MTV said that the alleged shakedown occurred between 2007 and 2008, and that the extortionist threatened to reveal an encryption key to Nokia’s Symbian mobile phone source code unless the funds were paid.

NBI Detective Chief Inspector Tero Haapala confirmed to MTV that the case remains open. He added that the sum wrung out of the company was considerable.

However police would not comment on whether or not the offender was a Finn, or whether or not more than one person was involved.

Nokia has declined comment on the matter.

MTV story: Nokia paid millions of euros in ransom

This story was edited on 18 June to clarify that the stolen code was an encryption key rather than whole Symbian source code.

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