A cybercriminal group threatens to publish incriminating documents on Donald Trump after hacking Allen Grubman, a notorious attorney whose law firm represents a plethora of A-Listers.
The group, that calls itself REvil, claims that its hackers have hit the Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks firm’s servers. They stole 756 GB of confidential documents, including contracts and personal information of various celebrities and politicians, the New York Post reports. They also destroyed and partly encrypted the backups and the only way for the firm to get them back is to wire a ransom to the attackers.
While the news of the attack went public on May 16th, the hacking itself had happened days before. REvil already used the Dark Web to post legal documents linked to Madonna to prove the legitimacy of their threats. Next, they say, will be President Donald Trump’s “dirty laundry.”
On May 15th, the hackers sent a message to the firm, saying that the previous $21 million ransom has changed.
“The ransom is now [doubled to] $42,000,000 … The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump. There’s an election going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry on time.” (sic)
“Mr Trump, if you want to stay president, poke a sharp stick at the guys, otherwise you may forget this ambition forever. And to you voters, we can let you know that after such a publication, you certainly don’t want to see him as president … The deadline is one week.” (sic)
The Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks representatives have confirmed that the ransomware attack was real by releasing a statement: “We can confirm that we’ve been victimized by a cyberattack. We have notified our clients and our staff. We have hired the world’s experts who specialize in this area, and we are working around the clock to address these matters.”
As Page Six reports, an anonymous source claims that the attorney refuses to comply since he believes that the acquired info will be released even if he pays.