Celebrity law firm hacker, REvil hacking group leaks Lady Gaga’s details, promises to leak details of President Donald Trump, ups ransom demand to $42 million
If you remember a few days back we had reported how a hacking group had infected the computers of the law firm, Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks based in New York City with REvil Ransomware. The infection itself would not grabbed headlines if not for the fact that Grubman and co are big-time lawyers to various top celebrities from Hollywood. Grubman’s main clients are from the world of music, film, television, live theater, books and magazines, fashion, and sports. Among the Grubman’s clients are A-listers like John Mellencamp, Elton John, David Letterman, Robert DeNiro, Christina Aguilera, Barbra Streisand, Priyanka Chopra, and Madonna.
The hacking group behind REvil ransomware had promised to leak data of Lady Gaga if its ransom demands are not met. On Thursday, the REvil hacking group shared 2.4 gigabytes of documents relating to Lady Gaga, including contracts and nondisclosure agreements. Now it has upped the ante.
According to the blog post made by REvil group on an onion website on the dark web, the hacker group claimed to have access to private info on Lady Gaga, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Ella Mai, Christina Aguilera, and Mariah Carey and would leak it if their ransom demands are not met.
They also increased their ransom demand to $42 million. That’s double the initial $21 million REvil group asked from Grubman.
REvil hacking group added something in the blog post which is not connected to the hack and would have political ramifications in the U.S. They also promised to leak certain dark secrets of President Donald Trump of the United States of America.
The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump. There’s an election race going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry on time. And to you voters, we can let you know that after such a publication, you certainly don’t want to see him as president. Well, let’s leave out the details. The deadline is one week.
It is not clear how REvil got access to President Trump’s database as claimed by them. President Trump has never been a client of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks nor have they ever represented President Trump or the Trump Organization in any legal matter. It is possible that the REvil hacking group may simply be bluffing taking advantage of the election season in the US to pressurized Grubman into paying the ransom.
Or they may have access to President Trump’s database from some other ransomware attack.
The law firm, through a rep, said it is not negotiating with the hackers. The FBI is actively conducting a criminal investigation into the data breach and ransomware demands.
Our elections, our government and our personal information are under escalating attacks by foreign cybercriminals. Law firms are not immune from this malicious activity. Despite our substantial investment in state-of-the-art technology security, foreign cyberterrorists have hacked into our network and are demanding $42 million as ransom. We are working directly with federal law enforcement and continue to work around the clock with the world’s leading experts to address this situation.
Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks
In the blog, the REvil hacking group claimed to have already received a ransom of $365,000. The post doesn’t make it clear who paid the money. Grubman has denied paying any ransom.