Recently, the Ride the Lightning post “Law Firm to Celebrities Suffers Major Data Breach” was featured in PinHawk’s Law Technology Digest blog. Ride the Lightning is an electronic evidence and cybersecurity blog written by Sensei’s President, Sharon Nelson. Pinhawk helps thousands of professionals keep up–to–date through emails and web alerts.
Hackers are relentless
Ransomware hackers have been busy, attacking media and entertainment law firm, Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks and the Texas Supreme Court. It would appear from these posts that the hackers were more successful with the law firm, allegedly stealing 756 gigabytes of data (contracts, nondisclosure agreements, phone numbers, email addresses, and personal correspondence). The court caught the attack early and says they won’t be paying ransom and (sadly) that a Dropbox link would be available for people to read the full opinions. No word on what Grubman Shire is doing, but their clients, who include, Lady 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, John Oliver, and Run DMC can’t be too happy.
RTL blog excerpt:
Variety (a source I’ve never used before) reported on May 9 that Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, a large media and entertainment law firm, appears to have been the victim of a cyberattack that resulted in the theft of an enormous amount of private information on dozens of celebrities, according to a data security researcher.
The data allegedly stolen from the New York-based firm by hackers — a total of 756 gigabytes — includes contracts, nondisclosure agreements, phone numbers and email addresses, and “personal correspondence,” according to an image of the hackers’ post provided to Variety by Emsisoft, a cybersecurity software and consulting company specializing in ransomware.