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Hackers steal Westpark Capital files, demand ransom for data

A hacking group that claimed responsibility for leaking sensitive documents from a Century City investment bank threatened Tuesday to divulge more data if the firm failed to pay a ransom. Seventeen files dated as recently as this month surfaced online last weekend, including background checks listing...

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