Crypto Ransomware Group REvil Threatens to Auction Stolen Data Celebrity Law Firm

Michael LaVere
  • Crypto ransomware group REvil is threatening to auction stolen data belonging to clients from the celebrity law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.
  • Bids for personal data belonging to Lebron James, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are set to begin at $600k. 

The notorious crypto ransomware group REvil has threatened to auction stolen data containing information about Lebron James, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. 

According to a report by IBTimes, the hacker group REvil is preparing an auction for stolen data belonging to a number of celebrities and media companies. The group claims the data is over 1 TB in size and was taken from the law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, which represents a number of high-level celebrities and athletes. 

The ransomware group plans to begin the auction on July 1, with a starting bid of $600k for the data belonging to each individual celebrity. The report claims the hackers also intend to sell data belonging to Bad Boy Records, MTV and Universal, with starting bids for the latter as high as $1 million. 

REvil published a blog post announcing the auction and claiming buyers would be satisfied with the data obtained in the hack. 

The post reads, 

Show business is not concerts and love of fans only — also it is big money and social manipulation, mud lurking behind the scenes and sexual scandals, drugs and treachery.

According to the report, REvil is seeking payment from Grubman in exchange for the stolen data. A Grubman representative claimed the law firm was refusing to pay the ransom and had overwhelming support from its client base to not give in to the hacker’s demands. 

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