The group of ransomware known as REvil or Sodinokibi, Almost 1 TB of data from the law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas Sacks was stolen. Then they asked for payment from $ 42 million cryptocurrencieson the other hand it would reveal the legal secrets of celebrities and important people. Among them is Donald Trump, the current President of the United States, who threatens to “take out her dirty laundry” if you don’t pay.
As proof of possession of such data Hackers recently released 2 GB of legal documents with the name “Lady Gaga” on the Internet and They sent the link to various media, including Cointelegraph, What hit all the news last week.
Among the company’s customers outstanding names such as Elton John, Robert DeNiro and Madonna. The criminals managed to hack the company’s servers and steal 756 GB of data such as: confidentiality contracts, telephone numbers, email addresses, private correspondence and much more. So far, the company has refused to pay the ransom.
They doubled their number
On May 14, REvil issued a new statement announcing this doubles the amount of money originally requested for the ransom. They also claim to have information about Trump:
“The next person we will report to is Donald Trump. There is an election going on and we are going to find a lot of dirty laundry to take out just in time.”
Regarding voters, the criminals said: “We assure you that if we publish this information, you don’t want me to be President.”
hacker plan to gradually release stolen data in nine stepsunless the company meets the ransom demands. Payment must be made in Monero, but they also accept Bitcoin at a higher cost.
It is unclear what connection there is between Trump and Grubman Shire Meiselas Sacks. since it is believed that he was never his client.
Grubman will not negotiate with REvil
According to the New York Post, Grubman They don’t plan to negotiate with hackers despite his threats to “destroy them if they don’t get the money”. They say so too Hackers could lose the information even if they pay, and the FBI sees hacking as an act of terrorism, and we know that the United States is not negotiating with terrorists.
Brett Callow, the security expert at Emsisoft, described the attack as “One of the most expensive we have ever seen” and agreed with Grubman’s position:
“There is no good option for companies in this situation. Even if they pay the ransom, there is no guarantee that criminals will destroy the stolen data if their market value is too high. The data could be sold or traded, and in it Cases, it is possible that they also blackmail directly from those affected. “