The hackers who stole files from entertainment and media law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks say that they have sold all their “dirty laundry” on U.S. President Donald Trump to a secret buyer, and up next is Madonna.
Hacking group REvil claimed to have stolen 756 gigabytes of documents from the law firm last week, including information on many entertainment figures and musicians, which puts a large number of A-list celebrities at risk.
Now, they’re demanding at least US$1 million for details on Madonna.
The hackers were previously demanding $21 million or they threatened to make public “personal details” of multiple clients represented by Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, including Elton John, Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand.
The hacker group doubled its ransom to $42 million after the firm refused to pay last week.
Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks said the FBI considered the hack “an act of terrorism.”
Brett Callow, threat analyst at Emsisoft, told Global News that the hacker group is preparing to auction the Madonna data at the starting price of $1 million.
“Interested people contacted us and agreed to buy all the data about the U.S. president, which we have accumulated over the entire time of our activity. We are pleased with the deal and keep our word,” the group wrote.
“We are preparing to auction Madonna data. The rules are the same:
“Unfortunately, companies in this situation have no good options available to them,” Callow added. “Even if they pay the ransom demand, there is no guarantee that the criminals will destroy the stolen data, especially if it has a high market value. The data may still be sold or traded. In fact, one group actually invites interested parties to bid on the data it has stolen.”
The group previously attacked foreign exchange company Travelex with ransomware in January.
Madonna has not addressed the threat from REvil as of this writing.
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