A group of hackers unleashes a trove of emails from a law firm that counts several important figures as clients.
The hackers belong to a group known only as REvil. While most of the emails the group release are relatively harmless, they claim that more is to come. The group is now asking for a ransom in exchange for not leaking these emails.
Lawyer to celebrities
The hackers target the firm Grubman Shire Meiselas and Sacks. A number of prominent individuals are known to be clients of the firm. Among these clients are celebrities including Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Mariah Carey.
The hackers are known to operate from Eastern Europe. On the other hand, the identities and operations of the group are still relatively unknown. The group released a cache of stolen emails earlier this week.
Possible link to President Donald Trump
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the hack is the firm’s possible link to United States President Donald Trump. It is important to note that President Trump was never a client to the firm. However, most materials focus on various rights discussions and approvals.
One particular chain of email discusses possible legal repercussions in using fake Trump reviews in a parody movie trailer. In another email, a reporter contacts the law firm and inquire about possible Hillary Clinton dirt.
Hacker group #REvil threatens to release docs on @realDonaldTrump: “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.” https://t.co/CtojCAGsjH
— Christa (@Christa_Belle) May 16, 2020
The hackers are now threatening to release the entire trove of hacked emails nobody pays the ransom they ask. Some analysts agree that the group behind the hack does not work in favor of any political group. Considering their demands, the group simply wants to have a payout for their exploits.
It is impossible to confirm whether the group is simply bluffing. Their recent actions are legitimate enough to raise suspicions. However, whether the group holds a legitimate threat against President Trump is still unknown.
The group behind the attack did not specify a particular target. They are just asking for ransom for whoever deems their exploit is valuable. In short, the group is shopping for possible takers of their offer.
With regards to the data the hackers allegedly hold, Emsisoft threat analyst Brett Callow has this to say:
“Auctioning it is the only way for them to monetize their attacks as Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks has stated it cannot and will not pay for the ransom demand.”
With regards to the ransom the hackers are asking, it amounts to $42 million.
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