The hack of the most prominent entertainment lawyer in the world just got uglier.

Allen Grubman, a New York attorney, has a very impressive client list. U2, Springsteen, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Drake, The Weeknd, Mariah Carey, and many others look to him and his people to handle their legal affairs.

Now all that confidential data seems to be in the hands of a hacker group called REvil, which seems to be based in eastern Europe. The group somehow managed to acquire (or so they say) 756 gigs of files. To prove that they’re serious, they’ve already published some Madonna material.

What to they want? At first, they demanded a ransom of US$21 million. Yesterday, they not only doubled that to US$42 million, but they’re threatening to dump a lot of dirty dirt on Donald Trump. I quote:

“The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump. There’s an election going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry on time…The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump. There’s an election going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry on time.”

This is a bit weird since Trump hasn’t ever retained Grubman. Regardless, they’ve set a one-week deadline or “Grubman, we will destroy your company down to the ground if we don’t see the money.”

At this point, the firm is refusing to negotiate because the documents might be released anyway. And the FBI is involved.

Let’s see what happens. More here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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