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Hackers threaten to reveal the legal secrets of famous artists

The private law matters of the most important artists in the world of music and cinema (Lady Gaga, Elton John, Robert DeNiro and Madonna and others) are at risk be exposed after a ransomware attack against a New York law firm.

Grubman Shire and Meiselas sacks were attacked by REVIL ransomware (also known as Sodinokibi) that threatened to filter Up to 756 GB of stolen data. This includes confidential contracts, phone numbers, email addresses, personal correspondence, confidentiality agreements and more. It is not known how much they asked for the ransom, but it is always paid in Bitcoin.

Cointelegraph saw the website of the cyber crime group where they posted screenshots some of Madonna, Christina Aguilera’s legal contracts, and the company’s file system.

Real and proven threat

Hackers threaten to reveal the legal secrets of famous artists
Hackers threaten to reveal the legal secrets of famous artists

Brett Callow from the computer security company Emsisofthe said that eThe attack could have very serious consequencesbecause these law firms deal with information strictly confidential about your customers.

“It’s not just bad news for the company, but also customers whose data has been exposed to extortion, phishing, identity theft and other types of fraud. In this case, REvil claims to have mined a total of 756 GB of data.”

Callow described the screenshots leaked by the hackers as “The equivalent of a kidnapper who sends a little finger.”

The company represents “Who is who” from Hollywood and to various artists in the music industry, including: AC / DC, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, KISS, U2, Madonna, Maroon 5, Robert De Niro, Elton John, John Mellencamp, Rod Stewart and Ricky Martin Shania Twain, Kuss, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne and David Letterman .

It also represents companies like Facebook, Activision, iHeartMedia, IMAX, Sony, HBO and Vice Media as well as athletes like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Sloane Stephens and Colin Kaepernick.

Just a warning … for now

“The data released so far appear to be only a warning”Callow said. “If the company doesn’t pay, the data the hackers have received is likely to be partially released to gradually increase the pressure.”

REvil has already attacked Travelex, 10x Genomics, Brooks International, Kenneth Cole and the National Eating Disorders Association leaked information from everyone. Travelex paid $ 2.3 million to recover its files.

The threat of revealing a company’s secrets it has become an increasingly popular method Ransomware groups to pressure companies to pay for them.

It was popularized by the group labyrinthwho followed threats late last year, Disclosure of confidential information by the security company Allied Universal after not paying.

Cointelegraph contacted Grubman Shire Meiselas Sacks for comments, but so far no answer.

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