March 17, 2016
RepKiller Team – The latest cyber extortion threat
The City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an urgent alert to make businesses aware of a cyber-threat.
Within the past two weeks a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘RepKiller Team’.
Method of attack:
The group have sent emails demanding payment of between £300 – £500 in Bitcoins by a certain date and time.
If their demand is not met, they have threatened to launch a cyber attack against the business and its reputation by automating hundreds of negative reviews online.
The demand states that once their actions have started, they cannot be undone.
Protection / prevention advice:
If you have received such a demand, or receive one in the future, you are advised to:
- Make a report to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their online reporting tool
- Do not pay the demand
- Retain the original emails (with headers)
- Maintain a timeline of the attack, recording all times, type and content of the contact
If you have cyber insurance in place, email your Wilsons account handler who will notify our claims team.
If you’re unsure of your exposure to cyber risk, or the completeness of your insurance with respect to cyber, speak to your usual Wilsons contact or Karen Reed