Notorious ransomware attackers, the REvil Group, have made another move; this time around, the group is threatening to leak sensitive personal information about the basketball player Le Bron James and the global artists Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
The ransomware attackers noted that the auction of the information would commence on July 1, 2020. Notably, the REvil ransomware scheme threatened to auction sensitive information about musician Madonna last month. Files containing personal details about the two artists and the NBA star will be auctioned beginning at $600,000 according to a Variety report.
Ransomware attackers personal data auction
REvil claimed that it would sell information belonging to Bad Boy Records, MTV, and Universal. The auction for Bad Boy Records will begin at $750,000, while the auction for MTV and Universal will begin at $1 million. In addition, all payments will be transferred using Monero altcoin, which focuses on privacy.
As per the Variety report, the ransomware attackers claimed through a press release that it has files containing “contracts, agreements, NDA, confidential information, court conflicts [and] internal correspondence with the firm.” Moreover, the post stated:
“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.”
REvil also targeted the famous showbiz lawyer Allen Grubman and his law firm, Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, on 14 May. The ransomware attackers called for a $42 million ransom; it leaks sensitive information about the U.S. President Donald J. Trump, pop musician Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand. On May 18, the group also said that Madonna’s dirty secrets would leak.
REvil has been ‘successful’ in leaking sensitive info before
REvil Group would previously demand ransom in bitcoin but later opted for Monero, which is difficult to trace the digital footprints. According to Darkowl.com, the ransomware attackers have been successful in what it does. On May 14, the REvil leaked more than 3,000 personal files, containing expense reports and confidentiality agreements, belonging to singer Lady Gaga.