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Finnish telecoms tools firm Nokia paid a few million euros to criminals who threatened to disclose the source code for a part of a running device utilized in its smartphones some six years in the past, Finnish television station MTV said on Tuesday.

The police tested to Reuters that they had been investigating a case of alleged blackmail and that the case was nonetheless open. Nokia was not instantly to be had for remark.

“We’re investigating felony blackmail, with Nokia the injured celebration,” Detective Chief Inspector Taro Chapala said, but declined to offer further details.

MTV mentioned that the blackmailers had bought the encryption key for a core part of Nokia’s Symbian instrument and threatened to make it public.

Had it done so any individual may then have written further code for Symbian including that you can imagine malware which might were indistinguishable from the authentic a part of the device, MTV stated.

After the blackmail try Nokia contacted the police and agreed to deliver the money to a parking zone in Tampere, relevant Finland. The money was picked up but the police lost monitor of the culprits, MTV stated.

In 2007 Nokia’s smartphone market share was once about 50 pic with the Symbian software also used then with the aid of different producers.

Nokia later moved to make use of Microsoft’s home windows software in its smartphones and Microsoft bought Nokia’s entire cell phone business prior this yr. For 5.6 billion euros ($7.6 billion).