BUSINESSES are advised to be aware of criminals who have been sending emails to companies across the UK, demanding payment of between £300-£500 in Bitcoins with a deadline.
If demands are not met the team threatens to launch a Cyber attack against the business and their reputation by automating negative reviews online.
Staffordshire has also seen criminals state they have encrypted files and demand thousands of pounds in Bitcoins to get the data back.
Action to be taken should one of these emails be received.
- Whether the attack is attempted or successful, you should report it to Action fraud on 0300 123 2040 or by using the online reporting tool.
- Do not pay the demand. There is no guarantee the criminals 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.
You can report fraud to Action Fraud here.
You can also report crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.