A group of hackers who acquired access to private data belonging to one of the premier media and entertainment law firms in the United States representing top-notch celebrities has now threatened to disclose dirty laundry on President Donald Trump until they are paid $42 million in a week.
It is unclear why Trump is associated with the law firm.
After stealing 756 GB of private data which include phone numbers, contracts, email addresses, “personal correspondence” of a few famous Hollywood and music stars, and nondisclosure agreements, the hacking group REvil at first demanded $21 million ransom from the law firm, Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.
Moreover, a report in Page Six this week stated that Attorney Allen Grubman of the New York-based law firm is denying to deal with the hackers seemingly. As there is no assurance that the hackers are not going to release private documents. Even after receiving the money.
The criminal group has currently published a new threat after not receiving the response they wanted from the attorney. And they doubled the ransom amount as well. They now have threatened to disclose dirty laundry on President Donald Trump in case they were unable to get the money.
On Thursday, the group wrote on its blog giving a one-week deadline,
“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.”
Nevertheless, the group did not provide any proof that it had obtained access to private data on Trump. According to the criminal group, “Grubman, we will ruin your firm down to the ground in case we don’t receive the money.”
According to a report of Page Six, Trump has never been a client of Grubman, either during his administration or as an individual businessman.
Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, stated in a statement to Page Six,
“Our elections, our government, and our personal information are under escalating attacks by foreign cybercriminals. Law firms are not immune to this malicious activity.”
Moreover, the statement added,
“Although our considerable investment in state-of-the-art technology security, foreign cyberterrorists have hacked into our network. Also, demanding $42 million as ransom. We are functioning directly with federal law enforcement. And continue to work nonstop with leading experts of the world to tackle this situation.”