The group that deployed REvil ransomware into the network of
the Grubman Shire Meiselas& Sacks law firm just last week now threatens to
release stolen information pertaining to President Donald Trump, if their
demands are not met.
A massive REvil ransomware attack affected the law firm in New York. On top of that, hackers stole 756GB worth of data, which they threaten to use if the law firm doesn’t pay the ransom.
The law firm has many famous clients, most of them from the
entertainment business, including artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Robert
DeNiro, Elton John, David Letterman, and a long list of athletes.
Early reports stated that the group was asking for $21
million but, as the law firm refused to cooperate, they upped the ransom to $42
million and used a much more convincing threat, involving the US President,
“The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump.
There’s an election race going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry on time,”
said the group on their blog, according to NBC.
“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. Well, let’s leave out the details. The deadline
is one week.”
The law firm says it had no dealing with Donald Trump, implying
that the hackers are bluffing. The only problem is that bluffing doesn’t really
serve their interests, especially in the long run.
So far, the White House has declined to comment, and the
hackers haven’t said anything since. The law firm has already contacted authorities
and says that it won’t negotiate.