Hackers are blackmailing Trump for $42 million over new 'dirty laundry' they got from famous attorney
A group of hackers known as REvil has just accessed the servers of Attorney Allen Grubman, the most prominent entertainment attorney in the world. They allegedly stole 756 gigabytes worth of confidential information on a host of Hollywood stars - including President Donald Trump.
The theft has been confirmed by Grubman, who is refusing to pay according to a source.
“His view is, if he paid, the hackers might release the documents anyway. Plus the FBI has stated this hack is considered an act of international terrorism, and we don’t negotiate with terrorists.”
After the hackers discovered that the stolen information also involved Trump, they immediately upped the stakes and are now demanding $42 million. They even sent him a message personally:
“Mr Trump, if you want to stay president, poke a sharp stick at the guys, otherwise you may forget this ambition forever,” the hackers wrote in a threat posted online. “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.”
They added: “Grubman, we will destroy your company down to the ground if we don’t see the money.”
They must think they have something juicy in order to demand this much. The previous record demanded in a situation like this was $25 million, an amount closer to what the hackers were initially seeking before learning about Trump.
Grubman's law firm released a statement to Page Six following the attack:
"Our elections, our government and our personal information are under escalating attacks by foreign cybercriminals. Law firms are not immune from this malicious activity.
"Despite our substantial investment in state-of-the-art technology security, foreign cyberterrorists have hacked into our network and are demanding $42 million as ransom. We are working directly with federal law enforcement and continue to work around the clock with the world’s leading experts to address this situation.
“The leaking of our clients’ documents is a despicable and illegal attack by these foreign cyberterrorists who make their living attempting to extort high-profile U.S. companies, government entities, entertainers, politicians, and others. Previously, the United States Department of Defense, HBO, Goldman Sachs, as well as numerous state and local governments, have been victims of similar cybercriminal attacks.
“We have been informed by the experts and the FBI that negotiating with or paying ransom to terrorists is a violation of federal criminal law. Even when enormous ransoms have been paid, the criminals often leak the documents anyway.
“We are grateful to our clients for their overwhelming support and for recognizing that nobody is safe from cyberterrorism today. We continue to represent our clients with the utmost professionalism worthy of their elite stature, exercising the quality, integrity and excellence that have made us the number-one entertainment and media law firm in the world.”