Pop star Madonna is next target of crypto ransom scheme

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According to a news report from decrypt.co, Pop star Madonna is next target of crypto ransom scheme.

The hackers claim to have successfully sold information about US President Donald Trump. The auction of Madonna’s sensitive data starts next week.

Information in a nutshell

  • Hacking group REvil announced that it will be auctioning data on Madonna.
  • It has previously auctioned off sensitive data about US President Donald Trump.
  • It used to accept Bitcoin but switched to Monero after realizing that the authorities can trace Bitcoin transactions.

A group of hackers that previously auctioned off sensitive data about US President Donald Trump are now auctioning off information about pop star Madonna. The auction will commence on May 25 and the starting bid is $1 million—payable only in the privacy coin Monero.

REvil, the hacking group responsible, announced on Monday in their latest press release—yes, really—that they are auctioning data about the 61-year-old pop star.

The auction comes with a few rules: the information will only go one way, the transaction will be kept confidential, the hackers will delete their copy of the data, and the buyer can do whatever they want with the data.

The new auction follows the apparent success of the hackers’ previous auction for data about Donald Trump. The hackers claim that investors bought the “dirty laundry” about Trump, which the group said could threaten his reelection, and that they were “pleased with the deal and keep their word.”

On May 14, the group leaked data about Lady Gaga. Over 3,000 files across 350 folders were leaked. Expense reports, confidentiality agreements and certificates of engagements were among leaked information, according to DarkOwl.com.

The group used to accept Bitcoin but switched to Monero after it realized that the authorities can trace Bitcoin transactions.


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