According to the news site Variety.com, today’s story with the big ransom is a leading novel.
Variety claims that the law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, or gsmlaw.com for short, has been subjected to a ransom attack that seems to be associated with the corresponding name of the REvil malware.
Instead of shutting down the company temporarily, the ransom fraudsters were also alleged to have stolen personal information from the laundry lists of key customers – reportedly more than 750 GB in total, including contracts, contact details and personal correspondence.
The gsmlaw.com site is now virtually offline [2020-05-11T14:15Z], it only displays the logo and the main menu is fully commented (the green text below comments HTML):
HTML taken over from the gsmlaw.com homepage on 2020-05-11T14:15Z
The green text refers to the HTML code that was commented on.
The title Variety does not mention Lady Gaga, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen as customers involved, but in the article itself there are many others:
Lady Gaga, Madonna, Nicky Minaj, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blidge, Ella Mai, Christina Aguilera, Maria Carey, Cam Newton, Bette Midler, Jessica Simpson, Priyanka Chopra, Ida Menzel, HBO Last week is also on the hacker list with John Oliver and Run DMC Facebook.
REVil, also known as Sodin or Sodinokibi, not only works on the old recovery file model but also offers the possibility to resell the decryption key to you.
The latest trend in ransom is the use of double-weapons, which gives the victims two reasons to pay.
The original criminal conspiracy behind this blackmail was that if you don’t have reliable backups that you can restore quickly, you may have no choice but to pay to decrypt all your encrypted files and restart your business.
By initially hacking the network and spending time preparing for an attack in which most or all computers are encrypted at the same time, cyber criminals are in fact trying to cause as much disruption as possible.
This has led to the redemption of certain sums of money and today very often claims in excess of $1,000,000 are made.