Threatening Email Demanding Backlinks.
Cyber threats come in all forms from computer viruses, data breaches, denial of service (DoS), blackmail (phishing attacks), to damage ranking and flagging sites causing search engine penalties or ransomware. A cyber attack or cybersecurity threat is a malicious act that seeks to damage data, steal data, or disrupt digital life in general.
Firstly I would like to say I do not know this individual or the company this person is referring to and I have not upset anyone enough to threaten me. The only thing I could think of is that I do not outsource my work and I may have disgruntled a Website Designer or two from India thinking I am being awkward. My business is UK-based and I support local businesses. I never outsource my work offshore. Some of my clients have been burnt because either their websites have performed poorly or their domain names have been taken, hostage. Besides with so many people out of work in the UK, why on earth would I give my work to someone abroad?
The email I received today was a demand to give this individual a backlink.
The said individual should have asked nicely and in most cases I oblige, but I do not think this was their ulterior motive.
The entity that wrote the email said if I do not give a backlink he will spam my site and damage my ranking. He did have a clickable URL in the email and I did not open it as it could have been a virus. I do not recommend anyone else typing it into their browser either as it could be malicious.
I did a Google search for his name and came up with someone working in LinkedIn but the entity may not be using a real name, so I am not going to contact this person as the name in the email could be fake.
I also did a Google search of the company the entity is referring to:
Bizcope | SEO, Web Design & Digital Marketing Company
Website: https://www.bizcope.com/ (I am not giving a backlink here as this company could be the victim or the instigator (no one knows for certain), although they firmly deny ever using such low-blow tactics in the reviews).
This email threat could be a malicious and elaborate way to damage this companies reputation. Maybe the entity is a disgruntled employee but reading the Google reviews the company seems to have never have heard of this person, again I reiterate he/she/it may not be using a false name.
It clearly shows I am not the only person being contacted by this individual also with the same jargon… I am not going to give a review as this company could well be the victim to getting one-star reviews.
Google Webmaster Questions.
Name and Shame
The email address:
(“A WORD OF CAUTION – DO NOT EMAIL THIS PERSON OR TYPE ANY OF HIS LINKS INTO YOUR BROWSER”).
Through the email source, I managed to find the IP address but if the entity is using VPN then this location may not even be accurate.
The said individual did get his/her 5 minutes of fame and gave me a post to write about but as for backlinks ask nicely.
I believe this person is a hacker and wants to ruin someone’s life and business. This tells me this person has a very sad life if they want to hurt other people. Imagine if the same thing happened to their family or friends would they be so eager to cause anguish and distress to another person?
I believe that search engines should do more and blacklist these people off the internet altogether. I think search engines should also make people show photo id to prove they are who they say they are so that they can eliminate fake accounts and websites and stop these idiots in their tracks. As an example, I am connected with some very important people and you would be amazed how many fake accounts add me every week near enough claiming to be the real person in question.
I believe in:
“What Goes Around, Comes Around”.
If you give out bad vibes then the UNIVERSE will pay you a visit but will punish you ten times harder.
If you do not believe me then research:
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