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Celebrities “dirty secrets” can stop being secrets if the ransom is not paid

June 25, 2020

The ransomware group REvil says more than 1TB of stolen data is being auctioned by New York-based entertainment firm Grubman Shire Meiselas Sacks. This data is said to contain the “dirty” secrets of many celebrities. REvil claims that the content of the data includes sex scandals, drugs and betrayal.

Nicki Minaj, LeBron James and Mariah Carey among the alleged victims

In a blog post, the ransomware group says the auctions will start on July 1st. whereas the first round will contain information from Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and LeBron James. The price of each record is $ 600,000.

Two days later, REvil plans to auction information Bad Boy Ent, hold on. Inc, Universal and MTV. The first has a starting price of $ 750,000, while the latest records are sold for $ 1 million each.

Celebrities “dirty secrets” can stop being secrets if the ransom is not paidCelebrities “dirty secrets” can stop being secrets if the ransom is not paid

Alternative, With REvil, a single company can purchase all of the content for $ 42,000,000. The currency requested for auctions is Monero (XMR).

The group, also known as Sdinokibi, left a warning for the law firm’s head, Allen Grubman:

“Mr. Grubman, you have a chance to stop this and you know what to do.”

Although no further details have been given, According to REvil, the stolen data also includes cases of “Democratic Party bribery of celebrities, sexual harassment by top politicians, and celebrity mutual jealousy.”

“Dirty secrets” as bait to cheat people?

Brett Callow, a threat analyst and ransomware expert at Emsisoft malware lab, told Cointelegraph:

“Since REvil has received (and published) information about Lady Gaga, you can probably also get documents related to other celebrities. It is impossible to say whether the documents really contain details about sex and political scandals, REvil could simply be one false claim that I hope to increase the number of people who want to bid. “

Callow adds that the people involved in this situation are in an unfortunate situation:

“Even if the ransom is paid, they just get a small promise that the data will not be used or sold, and that the small promise will be made by a (very) malicious actor.”

On May 15, REvil also demanded $ 42 million in cryptocurrencies to prevent disclosure of the “dirty laundry” of the President of the United States, Donald Trump.