Identify who is behind DDoS blackmail plot, and earn yourself a Bitcoin bounty

Two websites have offered a bounty on the extortionists who are attempting to blackmail them with denial-of-service threats.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Patreon users – post-hack don’t let extortionists scare you into paying a ransom

Don’t pay online extortionists a penny. Hit the delete button instead.

More websites hit by Armada Collective DDoS blackmail attacks, but won’t pay up

If your company runs a website which users rely upon to be available, investigate what you can do to mitigate a DDoS attack *before* you’re the next target on the criminals’ list.

ProtonMail says it won’t ever again pay ransom to DDoS blackmailers

ProtonMail has changed its tune, and admits it made a mistake by paying DDoS blackmailers.

Hacked TalkTalk says that it has received ransom demand

TalkTalk has said that it has received a ransom demand, after it suffered a hack which has potentially put the details of up to four million customers at risk.

Video: Blackmail and Ashley Madison

According to reports, users of the hacked Ashley Madison website have received blackmail emails demanding that they pay up, or risk having their membership exposed. How worried should they be?

Domino’s Pizza refuses to pay ransom after customer database hacked

A group of hackers claim to have stolen the personal details of some 650,000 pizza lovers, and have threatened to release them to the world if Domino’s Pizza doesn’t cough up a hefty ransom.

Kudos to Domino’s for taking a stand. Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

Hackers attempt to blackmail cosmetic surgery firm, after stealing up to 500,000 patients’ records

The personal details of nearly half a million people, considering cosmetic surgery, may have been accessed by hackers who then attempted to blackmail a leading chain of clinics.

Find out more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Cyber-blackmail. British kids forced to perform slave-like sex acts live on webcam

Children are self-harming or taking their own lives, after falling victim to webcam blackmailers.

It’s one of the most disturbing things you’ll hear about on the internet – and it might be your children who are at risk.

Webcam chat blackmail leads to teenage boy’s suicide

Posting your Skype ID on Facebook or Twitter can be more dangerous than you could possibly imagine.

Let’s hope that the blackmailers are brought to justice soon and appropriately punished.

Suspected DDoS blackmailers arrested at Heathrow airport

British police have arrested two men in connection with an internet attack against an online gambling website.

Boy meets girl. Girl strips on webcam. Tells boy to do the same. Girl blackmails boy

Webcam extortion the other way around: hot girls extorting men.

Be careful out there, and keep your trousers on chaps.

World Cup DDoS blackmailer sentenced to jail

A man who extorted money out of online gambling websites in the run-up to the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa has been sent to jail.

Runes of Magic publisher says it won’t be blackmailed by hacker

Frogster, publisher of the popular “Runes of Magic” videogame, says that they will not give in to the demands of a blackmailing hacker who has threatened to release personal information and payment details of customers.