Trump's Dirty Laundry: Anonymous Hackers Threaten To Reveal All - 2020-06-02
As President Trump threatens to deploy the military against those protesting over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, the Anonymous hacker collective would appear to have come out in support of the protests with a threat to publish Trump's dirty laundry. But appearances can sometimes be deceptive.
On May 15, I reported that a group of hackers known as REvil had claimed to have dirty laundry on President Trump following a ransomware attack on a New York law firm. Data exfiltration, along with encryption, being something of a trademark of this cybercriminal operation. To leverage payment of a $42 million (£33.5 million) ransom demand, REvil said it would make this information public.
It only took a couple of days for the gang to publish the first 169 of these Trump 'dirty laundry' emails, after apparently being triggered by having a label of cyber terrorists applied to them. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the dirty laundry in question proved to be less of a smoking gun and more a damp squib. Sure, the emails mentioned trump but often as a verb, and others referred to President Trump in passing but not in any malicious or harmful way. Nonetheless, REvil claimed to have sold the Trump data to an interested party for an undisclosed sum.