A infamous hacking group has claimed to have “dirty laundry” on President Trump and has threatened to publish it subsequent week if one of many largest cyber-ransoms ever is not paid.
The identical hackers that efficiently attacked a celeb New York legislation agency final week have now claimed to have “a ton of dirty laundry” about President Trump. Those hackers at the moment are demanding a ransom of $42 million (£34.6 million) and have threatened to publish the data they’ve if this is not paid inside the subsequent week.
The hackers involved are the cybercriminal REvil ransomware operators. The group, often known as Sodinokibi, has a protracted and inglorious historical past of assaults, together with the devastating one towards Travelex. The most up-to-date being the ransomware assault towards the New York attorneys whose purchasers embrace Lady Gaga, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen.
As properly as locking down programs, this group operates a double-whammy system whereby they exfiltrate information earlier than encrypting it and use this as leverage to facilitate ransom cost. Don’t pay up, and the hackers publish paperwork from the stolen haul, as has been the case when Tesla, SpaceX and Lockheed Martin have been caught within the crossfire of an assault by a special group towards a elements provider earlier this yr.
Having already stolen a reported 756 gigabytes of such information from the Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks legislation agency and posted paperwork referring to Lady Gaga and Madonna on the darkish net, the attackers at the moment are upping the ante.
The authentic ransom demand was for $21 million (£17.three million), however this has now been doubled after that was not paid, and the menace concerning paperwork regarding President Trump has now been thrown into the combination.
I spoke to Brett Callow, an analyst at Emsisoft with experience in darkish net prison exercise, who informed me that thus far, the REvil operators have posted greater than two gigabytes of information referring to Lady Gaga that features contract paperwork.
The following demand, which I’ve seen, has now appeared on the hacker’s darkish site:
“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. 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.”
It is known that President Trump is not, nor has he ever been, a consumer of the New York legislation agency. Quite what, if any, documentation referring to Trump the group has stays to be seen.
The FBI is investigating the incident and is known to have suggested the legislation agency to not negotiate with the attackers or pay the ransom as this could violate federal prison legislation.