Hackers last week crippled the computer systems of high-profile celebrity law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.
The hackers initially demanded $21 million from the law firm to stop the documents becoming public, posting a screenshot of a contract for Madonna’s World Tour 2019-20 complete with signatures from an employee and concert company Live Nation.
But on Thursday, they doubled their ransom demand claiming that they also had information on the U.S. president.
“The ransom is now $42,000,000,” the hackers said on their dark web site, seen by VICE News “The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump. There’s an election going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry on time.”
The hackers made a direct plea to Trump, urging him to get the attorneys to pay up.
“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”
The hackers have demanded payment of the $42 million within a week, and issued a warning to celebrity lawyer Allen Grubman: “Grubman, we will destroy your company down to the ground if we don’t see the money.”
Trump is not known to be a client of Grubman’s firm, nor is any of his companies, so it is unclear what — if any — “dirty laundry” the hackers may have on him.
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