Main media and leisure regulation agency Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks mentioned that after its inner knowledge techniques have been hacked — and an unlimited trove of info on its shoppers was stolen — it has knowledgeable its roster of A-list shoppers of the breach.
“We are able to verify that we’ve been victimized by a cyberattack,” the New York-based agency mentioned in a press release to Variety. “We’ve notified our shoppers and our employees. We’ve employed the world’s consultants who specialize on this space, and we’re working across the clock to deal with these issues.”
Information of the hack surfaced final week, after a hacker group claimed it infiltrated the Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks community and stole a whopping 756 gigabytes of paperwork on a number of music and leisure figures. These embrace shoppers previous and current, amongst them: Girl Gaga, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Ella Mai, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Cam Newton, Bette Midler, Jessica Simpson, Priyanka Chopra, Idina Menzel and Run DMC, the hackers claimed.
The information stolen by the hackers allegedly consists of contracts, nondisclosure agreements, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, and personal correspondence, the group’s claims posted on a darkish internet discussion board, in response to cybersecurity agency Emsisoft. The group behind the assault didn’t launch all the information they’d supposedly purloined. To indicate the hack was actual, they launched an excerpt from a contract for Madonna’s 2019-20 “Madame X” tour with Stay Nation.
It’s evidently a ransomware assault, during which cybercriminals use the menace of releasing the stolen knowledge as leverage to extort fee. It isn’t identified what calls for the hackers have made in reference to the theft of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks knowledge.
The assault on the regulation agency — whose shoppers spans music artists, actors and TV personalities, sports activities stars, and media and leisure firms — was carried out by a gaggle referred to as “REvil,” often known as “Sodinokibi,” in response to Emsisoft. The group has beforehand focused firms and organizations together with Travelex, the U.Ok.-based currency-exchange firm, which paid $2.three million in bitcoin to hackers after a ransomware assault, the Wall Avenue Journal reported.
Shirley Halperin contributed to this report.