Celebrity Law firm hacked and slapped with $42 million ransom

This could get interesting really quick....like, this week. The New York-based celebrity law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, with clients including Robert De Niro, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Bruce Springsteen, was attacked by an unknown cyber terrorist group thought to be from Eastern Europe using ransomware called REvil. 756 GBs of data, to be exact. Contracts from Madonna's MadameX tour and many others sensitive documents were thought to have been included. The hackers threatened to release to documents unless the law firm ponied up a hot $21 million. FACT: it is a federal crime in the United States to pay off groups like this so the law firm couldn't even if they wanted to. The hackers have now released 2.4GBs of the data Thursday after the law firm failed to meet the hackers' original demands. The data dump included a large file covering work the firm did for Lady Gaga which included contracts sent to producers, collaborators, and members of her touring ensemble, promotional agreements, expense sheets, confidentiality agreement forms, performer agreements, reimbursement forms for the artist Jeff Koons, a handful of promotional photos, among other things. The hackers then followed it up with a "press release" in which they doubled their ransom demand to $42 million threatening another release this week.That is because the hackers claim that they have very damaging documents about the US President Donald Trump. "There’s an election race going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry. Mr. Trump, if you want to stay president, poke a sharp stick at the guys, otherwise you may forget this ambition forever,” they wrote. “And to you voters, we can let you know that after such a publication, you certainly don’t want to see him as president. Well, let’s leave out the details. The deadline is one week." If you want to read more about this we recommend Variety or Rolling Stone.

Tags: #Cyberattack #musiclaw

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