Graff Cyberattack: “Tycoons and Celebrities Leaked List as Russian Gang Demands Ransom” | World news
Some of the most powerful, wealthy and famous people in the world are believed to have had their personal information stolen by a gang of cybercriminals who hacked into the computer systems of exclusive British jeweler Graff.
The data theft was carried out by the Russian group Conti, which is said to be based near St. Petersburg, which has already leaked 69,000 confidential documents on the so-called dark web, according to reports.
The dark web is the part of the internet that is usually hidden from public view and can only be accessed through special software.
However, it is believed that Graff believes that the vast majority of people have not experienced any loss of personal data – just their name and address, which is generally available in the public domain from other sources – but not containing any information. details considered sufficient to put them at risk of identity theft.
Graff operates in the high end of the diamond jewelry market, with over 60 retail stores worldwide.
Conti is said to demand tens of millions of pounds in ransom to prevent the disclosure of other sensitive information.
Documents including customer lists, invoices, receipts and credit notes were taken, according to the Mail on Sunday.
He reports that Conti has claimed that previously released information involving around 11,000 Graff customers only represents 1% of the files he stole.
Some of the files linked to the former US president Donald trump, TV presenter Oprah winfrey, soccer star David Beckham and retail tycoon Mr. Philip Green, says the newspaper.
He said around 600 UK customers were among the named victims, including Formula 1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone and former England and Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard.
The other stars on the list would be Hollywood actors Tom Hanks, Samuel L Jackson and Alec baldwin, who recently hit the headlines after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins accidentally shot on the set of the western Rust.
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is awaiting trial for recruiting underage girls for the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is also listed, according to the Mail.
He adds that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is listed as Graff’s client in Monaco, as is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. The Prime Minister of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, is also appointed.
Cyber experts believe extortionists will demand payment either in an untraceable cyber currency such as Bitcoin, or possibly in jewelry.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which can impose fines of millions of pounds on companies that fail to protect customer data, said it was investigating the breach.
A spokesperson for the ICO, which can fine companies up to 4% of their turnover, said in a statement to Sky News: “We have received a report from Graff Diamonds Ltd regarding an attack We will contact the organization to make further inquiries regarding the information that has been provided.
Graff, based in London, said he informed those whose personal data may have been breached.
A spokesperson for Graff said: “Unfortunately, like a number of other companies, we have recently been the target of a sophisticated – albeit limited – cyberattack by professional and determined criminals.
“We were alerted to their intrusive activity by our security systems, which allowed us to react quickly and shut down our network. We have informed and collaborated with law enforcement agencies and the ICO.
“We have informed the persons whose personal data has been affected and advised them on the appropriate measures to be taken.”