Hacker group warns Donald Trump
Hackers steal gigabytes of confidential information from a major law firm and threaten Trump
The hacker group, which stole 756 gigabytes of data from one of the leading American law firms in the field of show business and entertainment, doubled its ransom demands to $ 42 million (originally the request was for $ 21 million) and threatened to publish compromising evidence on President Donald Trump if the money was not will be paid, Page Six reported on Thursday.
Grubman Shire Meiselas Hack News & Sacks were unveiled last week.
The firm represents celebrity clients in the music and entertainment industries such as Lady Gaga, Drake, Elton John, Madonna, Robert De Niro, LeBron James (LeBron James), Priyanka Chopra and The Weeknd.
Founder of the law firm, attorney Allen Grubman, was named by Vanity Fair as the most influential attorney in the music business in 2015.
Hacking group Revil, also known as Sodinokibi, initially asked for $ 21 million in exchange for a promise not to disclose the information received..
A cybersecurity company earlier this week told Variety, one of the leading showbiz weeklies in America, that the hackers’ stolen data pool includes contracts, non-disclosure agreements, phone numbers, email addresses, and personal correspondence..
On Thursday, the group doubled the ransom and threatened to release shocking information about Trump to the public..
«The next person we will post is Donald Trump. An election is underway and we found a ton of dirty laundry», – said the hackers, according to Page Six.
They added: «Mr. Trump, if you want to remain president, stir up the guys, otherwise you can forget about these ambitions forever. And for you voters, we can tell you that after such a publication, you probably do not want to see him as president … Term – one week.»
«Grubman, we will destroy your company if we don’t see the money», – written by hackers.
Sources told news agency Page Six that Trump has never been a client of the firm. Another source said that Grubman refuses to negotiate with the hackers.
«In his opinion, if he pays, hackers can publish documents anyway.», – source said. «In addition, the FBI stated that this hack is considered an act of international terrorism, and we are not negotiating with terrorists».
Grubman is also not a supporter of the president. According to FEC filings, in 2019 and 2020 he participated in the presidential campaigns of Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris..
The law firm said in a statement to Page Six that «our elections, our government and our personal information are under increasing attack from foreign cybercriminals», adding that «law firms are not immune from this malicious activity».
Also reported: «We have been informed by experts and the FBI that it is a violation of federal criminal law to negotiate with terrorists or pay a ransom to meet their demands. And even when huge ransoms are paid, criminals often publish documents anyway.».
British currency exchange company Travelex was targeted by the same group in January, according to The Wall Street Journal, which paid about $ 2.3 million in bitcoin to recover stolen files..