Businesses are being threatened by cyber-terrorists

The following is a warning sent out to businesses by the Action Fraud service:

Businesses Across the UK Being Extorted

Alert message sent 02/03/2016 16:01:00
Information sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)
Action Fraud has received several reports in the last 24 hours from businesses who have been sent online extortion demands from scammers threatening a cyber attack.

The scammers, who call themselves the “RepKiller Team”, have been sending emails to businesses across the UK demanding payment of between £300-£500 in Bitcoins by a certain date and time.

If the demands are not met, the team have threatened to launch a cyber attack against the businesses and their reputation by automating hundreds of negative reviews online.

The emails also claim that once actions have started, they cannot be undone. Although these scammers are currently calling themselves “RepKiller”, it is common for fraudsters to continually change and adopt new tactics – email names can be made and changed easily.

What to do if you receive one of these emails?

  • Whether the attack is attempted or successful, you should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or by using our online reporting tool
  • Do not pay the demand. There is no guarantee the scammers won’t launch an attack and could encourage further extortion demands in the future.
  • Retain all the original emails. Should law enforcement investigate, the information contained within the email headers can be used as evidence.
  • Maintain a timeline of the attack recording all times, type and content of contact.
Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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