Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks (GSMLaw), a New York-based law and entertainment firm that handles the careers of megastars such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Elton John have been threatened by a group who claim to have hundreds of gigabytes of “dirty laundry” on their stars.
The ransomware group have said unless they are paid the ransom of $42 million dollars in Monero, they will release the hacked documents to the general public.
The alleged hackers, Sodinokibi, also referred to as Sodin or REvil, say they have hacked data such as phone numbers, contracts, email addresses, non-disclosure agreements and personal correspondence.
The hackers have published a screenshot of the folders they say were hacked from the law firm and the cache is understood to be at least 756GB worth of private data.
the cache is understood to be at least 756GB worth of private data
The Sodinokibi group have made a career out of ‘ransomware-as-a-business’ and are organised, profitable and well run.
In March, they were understood to have stopped using Bitcoin and now only use the privacy resistant Monero cryptocurrency, which has made it almost impossible for police to track them down.
GSMLaw describes itself as “one of the premier entertainment and media law firms in the country,” and handles the careers of Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Robert de Niro, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher, U2, Timbaland, Rick Ross, to name but a few.