After hacking a major New York-based law firm, the cryptocurrency-demanding hacking group called REvil has threatened to auction off sensible documents starting from July 1st of celebrities such as LeBron James, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj.
REvil To Sell Stolen Documents?
CryptoPotato reported in mid-May that the infamous hackers’ group attacked a law firm called Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks representing numerous celebrities and large companies in the entertainment business. REvil managed to steal tons of sensible documentation.
Additional information surfaced later that the group doubled its ransom request to $42 million and justified it by claiming that they possess valuable data regarding the President of the US. Even more alarmingly, REvil threatened to reveal Donald Trump’s “dirty laundry” before the upcoming elections in November, if the demand is not paid.
According to a report from this week, the hackers are taking a step further and have named dates and celebrities whose information will be auctioned off. Starting from July 1st, documents on Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and LeBron James will be available for buying and bidding will start at $600,000.
Two days later, the group will auction info on Bad Boy Records, MTV, and Universal Studios with bids starting at $750,000. The last thread was not specified, but it’s supposedly the most valuable as it will begin the auction at $1 million on July 5th.
The report cited a note written by the group and sent to the law firm. Whether on purpose or not it’s unclear, but the language used by REvil is rather comical:
“We have so many value files, and the lucky ones who buy these data will be satisfied for a very long time. 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.”
It also asserted that whoever wins the auctions will receive the full information downloaded from the law company. Namely – “contracts, agreements, NDAs, confidential information, court conflicts, and internal correspondence with the firm.”
REvil also urged the company’s founder Allen Grubman to succumb and pay the demand as only he has “a chance to stop that.” However, the law firm reaffirmed the previous stance of refusing to pay as if they do, it would equal negotiating with terrorists.
The report also cited a spokesperson who claimed that all celebrity customers have “overwhelmingly applauded the firm’s position that we will not give in to extortion.”
It’s worth noting that the group has a history of requesting demands in various cryptocurrencies. Although REvil hasn’t specified the payment form now, it won’t be a surprise if they seek the $42 million in Bitcoin or even Monero.