According to a UK newspaper, hackers broke into Graff’s servers and stole client data on Donald Trump, Hollywood stars, as well as other celebrity information.
According to Sunday’s Mail on Sunday, hackers belonging to Conti sent 69,000 stolen documents from Graff, an international jewelry company, to the dark Web.
Many Western media outlets described the group as a Russian-speaking gang that was based in St. Petersburg. It threatened to leak more if it wasn’t paid ransom money of tens and millions of pounds. They claimed to have gained access to the data of approximately 11,000 Graff clients.
The Mail on Sunday reported that cyber experts said hackers likely used a false email to trick Graff employees into downloading ransomware viruses. This method would have allowed the criminals to bypass the company’s security and download a large amount of data.
According to the newspaper, stolen documents included client lists, invoices and receipts as well as credit notes. The 600 customers in the UK include football player David Beckham, his wife Victoria and Tamara Ecclestone (the daughter of Bernie Ecclestone), who is a former Formula One manager.
Hollywood A-listers Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hanks are among the celebrities named in the leaked documents. According to the newspaper, seven addresses were found for Donald Trump’s wife Melania and two for Oprah Winfrey. Bahrain’s crown prince and prime minister, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, was also said to have been mentioned.
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Graff, in a statement that was cited by the newspaper, admitted to being a victim of a “sophisticated”But “limited” attack. “We were alerted to their intrusive activity by our security systems, allowing us to react swiftly and shut down our network,” the company’s spokesperson said, adding that Graff has alerted the clients whose data was compromised.
A spokesperson for the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) told the paper that Graff notified it about the crime. To investigate further, the ICO intends to ask for additional information.
Ransomware attacks on large companies are becoming increasingly prevalent, with teams of hackers using advanced software to disrupt their victims’ work and to steal large troves of data.
This year, the Colonial Pipeline Company, the operator of the largest oil pipeline system in the US, was forced to pay nearly $5 million in ransom to hackers who paralyzed the company’s operations. The majority of ransom money was recovered later.
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