Hackers threaten to release a huge number of Trump Documents unless a law firm claiming no connection to President Trump pays $42 million ransom.
Attorney Allen Grubman — is considered by most in the entertainment industry the top attorney in his profession, and his firm represents megastars like Lady Gaga, Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Priyanka Chopra, and even Bette Midler. His firm self-avowed hackers known as REvil gained access to the Grubman’s law firm’s computer servers and has been attempting to shake down his New York law firm for $21 million.
The New York City-based law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks confirms that the members of this data theft and extortion ring managed to steal 756 gigabytes of confidential documents, including contracts and personal emails from a host of Hollywood and music stars. They also deleted or encrypted the firm’s backups. The only way they can be decrypted is to pay the criminals for a key.
Sources interviewed by the media say Grubman has been refusing to negotiate and that…
“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.”
The initial target of the blackmail had been “Lady Gaga.” A file of stolen documents was posted on their website on the dark web on Thursday. While positing the entertainer’s information, they also dropped a second shoe on Thursday with the threat against Trump’s documents.
The unknown hackers escalated their demands by posting a new message claiming that they had obtained via their hack of the law firm a trove of embarrassing information relating to President Donald Trump. And, as a result, they were doubling the ransom from $21 million to $42 million,
“The ransom is now [doubled to] $42,000,000 … The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump. There’s an election going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry on time.”
“Mr. Trump, if you want to stay president, poke a sharp stick at the guys, otherwise you may forget this ambition forever. 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.”
“Grubman, we will destroy your company down to the ground if we don’t see the money.”
First, as even a casual fan of Lady Gaga, I don’t think any information these hackers could release that would hurt her fantastic career. She is gifted with the talent of an angel and is one of the most generous philanthropists in the entertainment industry.
Second, it is not clear why or how the hackers connected President Trump to The New York City-based law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks and especially to Grubman. The absolute fact us President Trump has never been a client of the firm or Grubman, according to several media sources, either as a private businessman or during Trump’s Kakistocracy of an administration.
At this point, all we have is the one-week deadline. There is no proof any Trump-related documents the only thing the law firm knows for sure is they have been hacked and locked out of their backups thanks to an investigation conducted by the cybersecurity software company Emsisoft, which specializes in ransomware, spotted it.
An analyst at Emsisoft, Brett Callow, was quoted by Law and Crime on the MSN news website as saying…
“Companies in this situation have no good options available … Even if they pay the ransom demand, there is no guarantee the criminals will destroy the stolen data if it has a high market value. The data may still be sold or traded … In these cases, the criminals may attempt to extort money directly from the people whose information was exposed.”
Emsisoft analyst Brett Callow added that the requested ransom from the hacker group — which has previously attacked and attempted to blackmail Kenneth Cole and Travelex demanding what “was one of the largest demands ever heard,” demanding $25 million, which was never paid.
Grubman’s law firm, Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks, said in a statement to Daily News’ Page Six …
“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 cyber terrorists 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 the 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.”
The New York City-based law firm insists President Trump is not a client of the firm and that they have never had any business dealings with Trump himself while noting they are still not sure which of their clients was impacted by the breach and theft. But, according to NBC News, a review of non-Trump-related documents suggests “they appear legitimate.” Still, the cyber-terrorist group has so far provided absolutely no evidence that they have such compromising information.
The threat to expose President Trump appears to be a bluff. If it isn’t and somehow the hackers did gain access to embarrassing information connected to the president, it couldn’t come at a worse time for him.
The Supreme Court seems to be on the verge of releasing his tax records and financial records just as the Presidential election campaign is getting underway. The Washington appeals court appears to be on the verge of ruling Don Meghan the former White House Council will have to testify to Congress and to uphold the 1924 law that allows the Chairman of the House Finance Committee to examine Trump’s tax returns.
The threat of even more embarrassing records becoming public about President Trump from this cyber-terrorist group REvil is being ignored by most of the news media. While the group posted a file and documents regarding Lady Gaga, it hasn’t posted so much as a post-it note about Trump. It will have to release a great deal of garbage on the sitting president to garnish the attention needed to show that they are credible.
Wall Street Rebel feels compelled to point out if REvil had the damaging documents and records they claim to have, there are plenty of mega billionaires that would pay the $42 million quietly and untraceable for the evidence. For that reason, we remain skeptical about the cyber-terrorist group having anything embarrassing on President Trump.
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