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Virtual heist: Hollywood celebs terrified after hackers steal confidential info

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Oct 31, 2021

A number of Hollywood A-listers including Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey and the Beckhams have been left panicking after a group of Russian hackers stole personal information about them in a massive virtual heist.

The notorious group – named Conti – have stolen data from British jewellery firm Graff, whose clients include celebrities and bigwig businessmen like Donald Trump and Phillip Green.

According to reports, the gang are demanding millions in ransom money…

CONTI LEAK 69000 FILES IN VIRTUAL HEIST

According to the MailOnline, Conti has hacked data – including credit notes, invoices, receipts and client lists – from more than 10 000 famous and elite clients of the jewellery film.

The cyber criminals have already leaked 69 000 files from their virtual heist on the dark web, which they claim represents “just one per cent of the files it stole”, claims the publication.

And they’re threatening to release more sensitive information if their demands are not met.

According to cyber experts, the group is likely to demand the ransom money in untraceable Bitcoin or even jewellery.

It is believed the hackers gained access to the confidential files by sending an email to Graff employees, one of which opened a file containing an intelligent “ransomware” computer virus.

And it’s likely the hackers accessed the information by bypassing any anti-virus software or firewalls.

A spokesperson for Graff said: “Regrettably we, in common with a number of other businesses, have recently been the target of a sophisticated – though limited – cyber attack by professional and determined criminals.

“We were alerted to their intrusive activity by our security systems, allowing us to react swiftly and shut down our network. We notified, and have been working with, the relevant law enforcement agencies and the ICO.

“We have informed those individuals whose personal data was affected and have advised them on the appropriate steps to take.”

WHO IS AFFECTED?

Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Donald Trump have already have personal information like their physical addresses being published from the leak on the dark web, a secretive part of the Internet where cyber criminals and terrorists frequent.

And others celebrities likely to be feeling the pressure of the repercussions from the virtual heist include Samuel L Jackson, Alec Baldwin, the Beckhams and Tony Bennett.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and former prime minister of Qatar, Sheikh Bin Jabr Al Thani Hamad Bin Jassim are listed as clients of the firm.

Controversial former Topshop boss Philip Green – who has been linked to sexual harassment and tax evasion claims, as well as
socialite Ghisaline Maxwel – who is awaiting trial on charges of recruiting underage girls for the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – are also listed.

According to MailOnline, the information leak could not only be dangerous, but embarrassing for all parties involved, as it may very well expose unsavory acts like gifts for secret lovers or jewellery bought as bribes.

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