But that’s what has happened, in a data leak from the website of the NFL Players Association that affects as many as 1,135 football players. And hackers may now have access to all that information, a security expert warned Tuesday.

Ostensibly, hackers had found the database, attempted to lock it up and demand payment to open it. That ransom note contained the threat that hackers would release information from the database to the public unless 0.1 bitcoins (worth approximately $428) was sent to their wallet. It’s unclear if the ransomware attempt was successful; the bitcoin wallet had not received any funds at the time of publication.

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Author: Thomas Fox-Brewster