“REvil” Hackers Double Allen Grubman’s Ransom Demand To $ 42 Million, Threatening To Throw Donald Trump Dirt


Hackers who broke into the networks of a famous law firm, Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks, doubled their ransom demand to $ 42 million and threatened to reveal “dirty laundry” to Donald Trump in a week if they were not paid in full.

On Thursday, the hackers posted a new message saying, “The ransom is now $ 42 million … The next person we will release is Donald Trump. There’s an election going on and we found a ton of dirty laundry. “

They added, “Mr. Trump, if you want to stay president, bite the guys sharply, or else you might forget that ambition forever. And for your constituents, 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.

“Grubman, we will destroy your business to the ground if we don’t see the money. “

We don’t know why the hackers connected Trump to the company because he was never a customer, Page six said.

Page six reports firm founder Allen Grubman refuses to negotiate, with a source saying, “His opinion is that if he paid, hackers could release the documents anyway. In addition, the FBI has stated that this hacking is considered an act of international terrorism, and we do not negotiate with terrorists. “

Grubman is the father of publicist Lizzie Grubman, who was famous in 2001 after supporting his SUV in a line of people waiting to enter a Hamptons nightclub, injuring more than a dozen.

He has stars including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Priyanka Chopra and Bette Midler in his books.

Hackers released screenshots of a contract with Madonna earlier this week to prove their threats were credible.

The same group, known as REvil, managed to extort $ 2 million from the currency swap company Travelex, we learned.

The firm said in a statement to Page six“Our elections, our government and our personal information are under increasing attack by foreign cybercriminals. Law firms are not immune to this malicious activity.

“Despite our substantial investment in advanced technological security, foreign cyber terrorists have hacked into our network and are demanding a ransom of $ 42 million. We are working directly with federal law enforcement officials and continue to work around the clock with the best experts in the world to remedy this situation.

“The leakage of our clients’ documents is a despicable and illegal attack on these foreign cyber-terrorists who make a living by trying to extort reputable American companies, government entities, artists, politicians and others.”

Industry sites such as Teiss have reported that hackers, calling themselves REvil, have claimed on dark-web forums that they have accessed 756 GB of information from many customers, past and present, including Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Idina Menzel and Run DMC.

Data stolen by hackers would include contracts, confidentiality agreements, phone numbers, email addresses and private correspondence.

The REvil group published an extract from a contract for Madonna X’s 2019-2020 Madonna tour with Live Nation as proof that it was in the firm’s systems.

Hackers are seeking ransom, using the threat of leaking stolen data and failing to restore locked backups as a means to extort payment.

REvil would be the same group of hackers who managed to extort Travelex, the UK-based foreign exchange company, on a ransom of $ 2.3 million in bitcoins, like Wall Street newspaper reported. REvil boasted on the Bleeping Computer blog that it used the “Sodinokibi” ransomware to successfully lock down the entire Travelex network.

He originally asked for $ 6 million (£ 4.6 million) to return the encrypted files but, according to Newspaper, finally settled for $ 2.3 million paid in bitcoin. The attack forced Travelex to close its operations at 1,500 outlets worldwide.

Bleeping Computer says the hackers also provided excerpts from a legal agreement in 2013 signed by Christina Aguilera and an artist featured in one of her musical projects. The blog also posted file lists showing the names of dozens of celebrities whose information can now be compromised.


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