Graff cyber attack: ‘Tycoons and celebrities on leak list as Russian gang demands ransom’ | World News
Some of the most powerful, rich and famous people in the world are said to have their personal information stolen by a gang of cybercriminals who hacked into the computer systems of the exclusive British jeweler Graff.
The data theft was carried out by the Russian group Conti, based near St. Petersburg, which reportedly has already leaked 69,000 confidential documents on the so-called dark web.
The Dark Web is that part of the Internet that is usually hidden from the public and is only accessible via special software.
However, it is believed that Graff believes that the vast majority of people have not suffered any loss of personal information – just their name and address, which are usually publicly available from other sources – but do not contain any details that are believed to be sufficient to identify them at risk of identity theft.
Graff operates at the high end of the diamond jewelry market with more than 60 retail stores worldwide.
Conti is said to have asked tens of millions of pounds in ransom to stop the disclosure of more sensitive information.
Documents such as customer lists, invoices, receipts and credit notes were recorded according to the mail from Sunday.
Conti has claimed that the information already published, which affects approximately 11,000 of Graff’s customers, represents only 1% of the files stolen.
Some of the files related to the former US President Donald Trump, TV host Oprah Winfrey, Soccer star David Beckham and retail tycoon Sir Philip Greenthe paper claims.
Among the victims mentioned are around 600 British customers, including the Formula 1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone and the ex-England and Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard.
Other stars on the list are reportedly Hollywood actors Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson and Alec Baldwinwho recently made headlines after the fatal killing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the western film Rust.
British celebrity Ghislaine Maxwell, who is awaiting trial on charges of recruiting underage girls for late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, is also listed, according to the Mail.
The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is listed as a Graff customer 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 mentioned.
Cyber experts believe the blackmailers will ask for payments either in an undetectable cyber currency like bitcoin, or possibly in jewels.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which can impose multi-million pounds in fines on companies that fail to protect customers’ data, said it is investigating the breach.
A spokesman for the ICO, which can fine companies up to 4% of their sales, said in a statement to Sky News: “We have received a report from Graff Diamonds Ltd about a ransomware attack. We will contact the organization, for more information. ” Requests regarding the information provided. “
London-based Graff said it had notified those whose personal information may have been breached.
A Graff spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, we along with a number of other companies have recently been the target of an elaborate – albeit limited – cyberattack by professional and determined criminals.
“We were made aware of their intrusive activities by our security systems so that we could react quickly and close our network. We have notified and worked with the relevant law enforcement agencies and the ICO.
“We have informed the people whose personal data is affected and advised them on the appropriate steps.”