The travel portal CheapAir.com was on 28. August, an open letter to its customers, according to the it was the victim of an extortion. The blackmailer requested, apparently, a ransom of US $ 10,000 in Bitcoin. The amount should not be paid, you would respond with massive public damage to reputation on a variety of channels.
Specifically, the Blackmailers threatened to publish the social media with negative reviews and comments on CheapAir to floods and bad Reviews on customer portals for reviews such as trustpilot. In addition, they wanted to attack the SEO of the company, by leave Backlinks to the Blog in the extremely high and mighty comments, in the hope that Google, the Blog would lock pages.
According to CheapAir, such attacks are becoming increasingly more common. A fulfilment of the claims not come, however, out of the question. As a first reaction, the travel portal has the ability to Facebook-reviews, disables, and selects the open letter to customers, a strategy of public communication. How exactly they wanted with this kind of extortion deal, but it is not yet clear. Similar to other affected portals to search for the best strategy to deal with the criminal energy on progress would inform the Public, however.
Bitcoin and the criminal energy
Unfortunately, such attacks are actually not an isolated case. Also, it should be also no coincidence that a Bitcoin extortion hits, of all things, CheapAir. The flight travel portal has shown in the past as a pioneer in the crypto world: Already in 2014, accepted the company Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin for payment.
This is likely to be water on the mills of those who behind the use of Bitcoin & co. especially, the level of crime suspect. But here the reputation of the digital currency is worse than the reality. In fact, according to current estimates, only about ten percent of all Bitcoin transactions for illegal purposes. For comparison: in 2013, the ratio was reversed, and the U.S. drug enforcement Agency suspected behind ninety percent of all Bitcoin Transfers to criminal machinations.
The extortionists should have already specified a Bitcoin address, the hope remains that they can be traced.