Lady Gaga Hack: Law Firm Refuses to Pay Ransom
An entertainment law firm is refusing to pay a lofty $42 million ransom after a group of hackers leaked a portion of Lady Gaga’s work files online.
Earlier this month, the group – known as “REvil”, who are allegedly based in Eastern Europe – stole 756 gigabytes of data from the New York law firm of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, whose clientele also includes Madonna and Mariah Carey.
Last Thursday, 14 May, REvil leaked 2.4 gigabytes of data related to Lady Gaga online, after the firm refused to pay their initial ransom fee of $21 million, which has since doubled to $42 million.
The data is said to include contracts between the “Bad Romance” hitmaker and her producers and collaborators. Promotional photos and confidentiality agreements among other documents were also released.
A source claimed that the firm’s founder, Allen Grubman, refused to pay up because he did not want to “negotiate with terrorists”.
The firm commented publicly on the hack in a recent statement: “We are working directly with federal law enforcement and continue to work around the clock with the world’s leading experts to address this situation.”
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