Large DDoS, small extortion
Jason_Livingood at cable.comcast.com
Thu May 22 15:23:40 UTC 2014
On 5/22/14, 12:51 AM, "Beleaguered Admin" <dealing.with.ddos at gmail.com>
>This has been going on for a long time -- almost every detail is
>exactly the same as what is described here:
>He is in regular communication (via whois info and other collected
>contact data) asking for <$1000 USD sums to stop the attacks.
That article said that the company didn¹t want to negotiate with
criminals. As an aside I spent some time with a retired hostage negotiator
on Tuesday (which was fascinating BTW). He actually said negotiation is
always useful and sometimes paying a ransom demand can serve as a method
to track where the money goes, to identify all the actors involved for
later action (which may apply in this case). And sometimes financial
demands are dropped as a result of negotiation.
>Is it worth talking to law enforcement? Some of these have been >500k
>costs to the customer, but we assume the person doing it isn't in any
>western country, so maybe it doesn't even matter?
You may find the law enforcement more interested in engaging within you
than you might think.
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