Russian hackers have reportedly stolen details of Hollywood stars and billionaires in a shock virtual heist on a jewellery firm.
The personal information of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, David and Victoria Beckham, Tom Hanks and former US President Donald Trump were stolen during an online raid.
Around 600 Brits are said to be among the victims so far and the hackers are believed to have leaked 69,000 confidential documents onto the dark web.
The hackers are said to be demanding millions in ransom money following the raid against London-based jewellery firm Graff.
Members of Russian hacking gang Conti are suspected to be behind the theft, the Mail on Sunday reports.
They’re thought to be demanding tens of millions of pounds in ransom money, with experts suggesting they could ask for payment in untraceable Bitcoin or jewels.
Credit notes, invoices and client lists are among the hacked details and the information already published represents just one per cent of the stolen files.
Philip Ingram, a former colonel in British military intelligence, said: “Given the profile of the customer database, this is absolutely massive.
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“This is going to bring the highest levels of international law enforcement down on the gang, and that’s going to give them a whole lot of headaches in trying to get the ransom paid and then get away with it.”
A spokesman for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which can impose fines of up to four per cent of company turnover, said: “We have received a report from Graff Diamonds Ltd regarding a ransomware attack.
“We will be contacting the organisation to make further enquiries in relation to the information that has been provided.”
A spokesperson for Graff said: “Regrettably we, in common with a number of other businesses, have recently been the target of a sophisticated – though limited – cyber attack by professional and determined criminals.
“We were alerted to their intrusive activity by our security systems, allowing us to react swiftly and shut down our network. We notified, and have been working with, the relevant law enforcement agencies and the ICO.
“We have informed those individuals whose personal data was affected and have advised them on the appropriate steps to take.”