U.S. President Donald Trump is in real trouble after the ransomware REvil/Sodonokibi, cybercriminals at the New York law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks had tapped sensitive data about clients. Now there is a threat of the release of “dirt” about Donald Trump if millions don’t flow.
Ransomware extortionists want to wash dirty laundry in public
Backers want to ransom money with ransomware. They either try to block systems with their malware or access sensitive data. A real cyber blackmail thriller is currently developing around the law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks. The backers behind the ransomware REvil / Sodonokibi managed to steal 750 GB of data from the IT systems, which should contain very sensitive details about their clients – lawyer Allen Grubman is one of the best-known celebrity lawyers in the USA. After the firm failed to meet its first $ 21 million claims, Page Six reports that criminals are now increasing the pressure significantly. The threat: The publication of “dirty laundry” about US President Donald Trump.
It was previously known that the backers had had contracts and emails from clients such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, and Bruce Springsteen. In addition, the firm’s backups were encrypted, as is customary in the case of such extortion attacks. On Thursday, the hackers added again: “The ransom is now $42 million. The next person we publish is Donald Trump. Elections are taking place and we found a lot of dirty laundry on time”, the criminals said. Payment should be made within a week.
The FBI prohibits negotiations
In addition, the extortionists are also addressing voters directly: “We can tell them that they will no longer want him (Trump) to be president after the publication.” However, the law firm is not expected to give in: “We were informed by the experts and the FBI that negotiations with or the payment of a ransom to terrorists constitute a violation of federal criminal law. Even if enormous ransom payments have been made, the criminals leak the documents often anyway, “said the lawyers in a message. It will be interesting to see how the case develops.