Extortion Scam Campaign Targeting Website Owners

Another scam has surfaced in which extortionists email website owners and threaten to ruin their website’s reputation and blacklist them as spam. The threat actor claims that, if a bitcoin payment is not received, they will send millions of emails from the target’s domain, write negative reviews on the target’s website, and impersonate the target and write offensive messages in other website owner’s contact forms. The subject line is “Abuse and lifetime blocking of the site – [example.com]. My requirements.” The NJCCIC recommends users educate themselves and others on this and similar scams to prevent future victimization. There is no indication that this threat is credible. Anyone who receives this extortion email should ignore and delete it. We encourage users to report cyber incidents via the NJCCIC Cyber Incident Report Form and the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website.