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Documents belonging to several celebrities, including Lady Gaga, were stolen earlier this week, and the repercussions are continuing.

According to Vulture, the celebrity law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks was hacked, and thieves took about 756 gigabytes of material belonging to artists like Madonna, Drake, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Nicki Minaj and Lizzo.

Rolling Stone writes that much of what was stolen included legal papers, promo materials and confidentiality agreements. The group used ransomware known as "REvil."

The law firm's website just has their logo on it amid the hack.


On Wednesday, the hackers asked the law firm for $21 million in exchange for the 756 gigabytes. But after the firm reportedly hired cyber-extortion professionals and declined to pay the ransom, the hackers released 2.4 gigabytes of Lady Gaga's files.

The thieves also had a message for everyone upon the material's release:

“It seems that GRUBMANS doesn’t care about their clients or it was a mistake to hire a recovery company to help in the negotiations. As we promised, we [published] the first part of the data because the time is up."

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The hackers leaked various legal documents that Gaga needed done, most of it pretty dry:

"contracts sent to producers, collaborators, and members of her touring ensemble; promotional agreements; expense sheets; confidentiality agreement forms; performer agreements; reimbursement forms for the artist Jeff Koons; a handful of promotional photos; and reams of tedious paperwork one would expect to find in the database of an entertainment law firm."


After the hackers released Gaga's material, they put out "a little press release" and raised the ransom to $42 million, since their demands had not been met.

The hackers also said they had some of President Trump's legal documents, and had a message for him, too:

“There’s an election race going on, and we found a ton of dirty laundry. 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. Well, let’s leave out the details. The deadline is one week.”

But Rolling Stone cited a source that said the law firm didn't have any of Trump's documents.


Before Gaga's material was leaked, the hackers revealed other celebrities' documents, such as Christina Aguilera's signature on a document, a contract from Madonna's Madame X tour, and paperwork from Lizzo's tour.

A spokesperson for the law firm said they are working with police to solve the problem:

“Our elections, our government, and our personal information are under escalating attacks by foreign cybercriminals. Law firms are not immune from this malicious activity.....Even when enormous ransoms have been paid, the criminals often leak the documents anyway."

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