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Computer Hackers Say They Have Donald Trump’s ‘Dirty Laundry’ – Demand $42 Million Ransom

Computer hackers have compromised the digital files of a prominent law firm and are threatening to release what they call President Donald Trump’s “dirty laundry” if they aren’t paid a ransom of $42 million, according to The New York Post:

“Hacking group REvil got into his firm’s server and stole 756 gigabytes of confidential documents, including contracts and personal emails from a host of Hollywood and music stars. They also deleted or encrypted the firm’s backups. The only way they can be decrypted is to pay the criminals for a key.”


Grubman is considered to be the preeminent entertainment attorney in the world, with a list of clients that includes Lady Gaga, Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, and Bruce Springsteen.

Grubman says he will refuse to pay the ransom, with a source noting:

“His view is, if he paid, the hackers might release the documents anyway. Plus the FBI has stated this hack is considered an act of international terrorism, and we don’t negotiate with terrorists.”


The hackers initially demanded $21 million, but doubled the amount on Thursday, posting this threatening message:

“The ransom is now [doubled to] $42,000,000 … 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.

“Mr. Trump, if you want to stay president, poke a sharp stick at the guys, otherwise you may forget this ambition forever. And to you voters, we can let you know that after such a publication, you certainly don’t want to see him as president … The deadline is one week.”


Experts in the field of computer security say any company or firm that is hacked and asked for ransom have little to no good options. Brett Callow of Emsisoft remarked:

“Companies in this situation have no good options available … Even if they pay the ransom demand, there is no guarantee the criminals will destroy the stolen data if it has a high market value. The data may still be sold or traded … In these cases, it’s possible that the criminals will attempt to extort money directly from the people whose information was exposed.”

Looks like we might be getting the proverbial “October surprise” in May. Time will tell.

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WATCH Jeff Sessions Admit The DOJ Is Doing NOTHING To Prevent Future Hacking Of Elections

In case you thought the U.S. Justice Department was working hard on trying to assure another country doesn’t hack our elections in the future, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it clear during a hearing Wednesday that the DOJ isn’t doing a damn thing.

Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions stonewalled when asked questions related to President Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey. And then he was asked a question by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) about cybersecurity. Whitehouse asked Sessions if there was a person at the Justice Department responsible for making suggestions to lawmakers regarding efforts to guarantee that hostile entities don’t hack our elections like Russia did in 2016:

“Is there such a person, and what is his or her name?”

Sessions replied that person would be U.S. Attorney Dana Boente, but then added:

“I’ll be frank. I don’t know that we are doing a specific legislative review at this point.”

Clearly exasperated by the reply he had received from Sessions, Whitehouse commented:

“The silence has been deafening. If you could just get me the name of a person at the Department of Justice to work with the Senate on cybersecurity legislation, I think that would help move things.”


Instead, the AG told Whitehouse that many of his deputies had not yet been confirmed (probably because the White House has been negligent in nominating people fill thousands of positions).  However, Sessions said, he could have an attorney brief the senator in private. To that, Whitehouse said:

“I’m up to speed on that side. The issue is, there are things we need to fix legislatively on cybersecurity, and at the moment I can’t find a point of entry into this administration of anybody who is working on cybersecurity legislation. So that’s the person that I need — about legislation and not just an update on cases. I’m pretty familiar with that stuff.”

And at that moment it became clear that the Trump administration has no plans to increase efforts that would prevent hacking of our most sacred right, the vote. That alone speaks to their guilt in the 2016 election. Trump may need the Russians again, so why would he want to make it harder for his buddy Putin to screw this country another time?

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org