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Got this the morning:

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We have hacked your website and extracted your databases.

How did this happen?
Our team has found a vulnerability within your site that we were able to exploit. After finding the vulnerability we were able to get your database credentials and extract your entire database and move the information to an offshore server.

What does this mean?

We will systematically go through a series of steps of totally damaging your reputation. First your database will be leaked or sold to the highest bidder which they will use with whatever their intentions are. Next if there are e-mails found they will be e-mailed that their information has been sold or leaked and your site was at fault thusly damaging your reputation and having angry customers/associates with whatever angry customers/associates do. Lastly any links that you have indexed in the search engines will be de-indexed based off of blackhat techniques that we used in the past to de-index our targets.

How do I stop this?

We are willing to refrain from destroying your site's reputation for a small fee. The current fee is .33 BTC in bitcoins ($3000 USD).

Send the bitcoin to the following Bitcoin address (Copy and paste as it is case sensitive):

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Once you have paid we will automatically get informed that it was your payment. Please note that you have to make payment within 5 days after receiving this notice or the database leak, e-mails dispatched, and de-index of your site WILL start!

How do I get Bitcoins?

You can easily buy bitcoins via several websites or even offline from a Bitcoin-ATM. We suggest you https://cex.io/ for buying bitcoins.

What if I don’t pay?

If you decide not to pay, we will start the attack at the indicated date and uphold it until you do, there’s no counter measure to this, you will only end up wasting more money trying to find a solution. We will completely destroy your reputation amongst google and your customers.

This is not a hoax, do not reply to this email, don’t try to reason or negotiate, we will not read any replies. Once you have paid we will stop what we were doing and you will never hear from us again!

Please note that Bitcoin is anonymous and no one will find out that you have complied.

Question is, are such attacks known and how likely are they? I highly doubt it, since there is nothing of use in this database anyway and it very much seems it was just sent using the contact form.

 

Related to that- it might be best nevertheless to change database password, is there some documentation on how to do that properly?

 

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My bet, it's spam, they are totally trying to extorque bitcoin. It look like an automated message. 

And from what we can read from there on Internet, they are sending this message to owners of google blogs 😂 and we know that for hacking a google blog, they require your google account, which I doubt it was hacked.

Anyway, you can look at your file structure, DNS records, etc to see if something is weird but in every case, DO NOT PAY 👍🏼

 

I am quite confident to say that your are still safe 🙂 make your best poker face 😅 

 

 

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I got a very similar message this morning, posted to the contact page of a website I look after. Bit of a giveaway when the messages includes "This is not a hoax, do not reply to this email". I've seen a number of similar ones via this and other contact pages in the past. Nothing bad has happened yet after ignoring them! I would only take any notice if they posted me something from the database that shouldn't be accessible to them.

I looked up the IP on stopforumspam.com and found several other reports from this morning, with a variety of names and emails submitted.

 

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