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1:04 pm on May 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I saw yesterday I received this comment in one of my websites (probably I will get the same one in the others in next days).
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Hey. Soon your hosting account and your domain example.com will be blocked forever, and you will receive tens of thousands of negative feedback from angry people.

Pay me 0.5 BTC until June 1, 2019.
Otherwise, you will get the reputation of a malicious spammer, your site example.com will be blocked for life and you will be sued for insulting believers. I guarantee this to you.

My bitcoin wallet:19ckouUP********************

Here is a list of what you get if you donít follow my requirements:
+ abuse spamhouse for aggressive web spam
+ tens of thousands of negative reviews about you and your website from angry people for aggressive web and email spam
+ lifetime blocking of your hosting account for aggressive web and email spam
+ lifetime blocking of your domain for aggressive web and email spam
+ Thousands of angry complaints from angry people will come to your mail and messengers for sending you a lot of spam
+ complete destruction of your reputation and loss of clients forever
+ for a full recovery from the damage you need tens of thousands of dollars

All of the above will result in blocking your domain and hosting account for life. The price of your peace of mind is 0.5 BTC.

Do you want this?

If you do not want the above problems, then before June 1, 2019, you need to send me 0.5 BTC to my Bitcoin wallet: 19ckouUP********************************************

How do I do all this to get this result:
1. I will send messages to 33 000 000 sites with contact forms with offensive messages with the address of your site, that is, in this situation, you and the spammer and insult people.
And everyone will not care that it is not you.
2. Iíll send messages to 19,000,000 email addresses and very intrusive advertisements for making money and offer a free iPhone with your website address example.com and your contact details.
And then send out abusive messages with the address of your site.
3. I will do aggressive spam on blogs, forums and other sites (in my database there are 35 978 370 sites and 315 900 sites from which you will definitely get a huge amount of abuse) of your site example.com.
After such spam, the spamhouse will turn its attention on you and after several abuses your host will be forced to block your account for life.
Your domain registrar will also block your domain permanently.

All of the above will result in blocking your domain and hosting account for life.
If you do not want to receive thousands of complaints from users and your hosting provider, then pay before June 1, 2019.
The price of your peace of mind is 0.5 BTC.
Otherwise, I will send your site through tens of millions of sites that will lead to the blocking of your site for life and you will lose everything and your reputation as well.
But get a reputation as a malicious spammer.

My bitcoin wallet:19ckouUP2E2***********************
1:14 pm on May 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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How do you call this?

Blackmailing.
1:17 pm on May 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Yes, it is blackmail, but the question is, what to do about it?

1) The blackmailer is threatening a lot of actions.
2) 0.5 BTC is a lot of money.

[edited by: Mark_A at 1:19 pm (utc) on May 29, 2019]

1:18 pm on May 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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In all events, if you pay, someone else will come and some else, and this will be endless. (or may be the same guy coming back).

Edit 1: there are a lot of blackmailing of this kind nowadays. You have those which claim they infected your computer, and used your webcam to record "compromising" videos of you, you have also web hosts which are menaced to be taken down by DDos if they don't pay, etc etc... This is the new trend.

Edit 2: To me cryptocurrencies should have been forbidden right from their creation.

Edit 3: @Lexur, you might consider reporting the Blackmailing to your local police, of-course they will not be able to help, but still. You might also contact your web host about these menaces, so if they are aware of it, they may be careful, if they effectively receive lot of complains all of a sudden. But I think that serious hosts will not be fooled by these attempts of taking down a site.
4:24 pm on May 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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There are thousands of guestbooks and blog comments featuring the exact same message. The guy behind it might not even know who you are, where you are hosted, or things like that. Also, I wonder how the blackmailer knows who pays what, since transactions are pseudonymized. (and not fully anonymous as some believe, ... computer scientists and mathematicians are already able to track some transactions back to their originate IP...)
4:48 pm on May 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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As Oscar Wilde famously said, one would have to have a heart of stone to read more than six lines of the quoted letter without bursting into tears ... of laughter.
5:19 pm on May 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I would call the police. Whether they would make the effort is another thing, but Bitcoin is not always as anonymous as people think.

It says a lot about spamhouse that their agressive blacklisting policy opens the way to this.

I think Dimitri is right about it repeating if you pay.
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As Oscar Wilde famously said, one would have to have a heart of stone to read more than six lines of the quoted letter without bursting into tears ... of laughter.

:)
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Just another scam attempt.
7:58 pm on May 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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pretend you are reading a Nigerian scam email and act accordingly.
8:12 pm on May 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Ignore it.
9:52 pm on May 29, 2019 (gmt 0)

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1. I will send messages to 33 000 000 sites with contact forms

3. I will do aggressive spam on blogs, forums and other sites


I bet he is using the same DB to spend his blackmailing message and then to send fake-spams...

What is too bad is that, over the mass, some web masters will pay.
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Actually, I thought it was quite entertaining! Amusing on so many levels, then again, whoever put this together used cut and paste threats with no internal logic of how each of the statements worked with each other. The most hilarious was:

you will be sued for insulting believers


...so over the top!

Unfortunately my popcorn popper was in the shop for its 180k tuneup, so I had to settle for a cold draft while Road Runner cartoons ran on screen two.
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used cut and paste threats with no internal logic of how each of the statements worked with each other

Yes :) I am sure it sounded good to him :)
12:24 am on May 30, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I received exactly the same message today via one of my web-based feedback forms. The lesson I take from it is I need to make it harder for people to spam me via my forms.

Mack.
8:22 am on May 30, 2019 (gmt 0)

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So, in the upcoming days, you'll receive a message, said to be from Lexur's site, insulting your believes :)

About paying the ransom, i wonder how the blackmailer is supposed to know, who paid, and who didn't. (excepting if no one paid, which I hope so)

As for forms, you can render them using Javascript, within a timer function, and avoid common field names. 99% of spam bots will be blocked.
12:17 pm on May 30, 2019 (gmt 0)

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@Dimitri, Bitcoin is not anonymous. The best description I have come across is that it is pseudonymous.

All tranactions are (publicly and permanently!) linked to wallets, so you can get the transaction history of a wallet.

Once you know who owns a wallet you can track all their transactions. There are lots of ways that info can leak - for example you only need to identify the owner as party any single transaction.
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for example you only need to identify the owner as party any single transaction.


One reason why, in the real world, cash still works. :)
2:00 am on June 23, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Toss it in the trash and let him do his worst.

My only concern is this new Chrome security addon that Google just released. It lets anyone report sites. It seems designed to help that kind of guy and it will certainly get abused for political(and doxxing) reasons just like is happening on Twitter and Facebook.

Even then, not much you can do but focus on what you control.