We received the following email today and it is quite threatening and concerning to the uninitiated…
PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO SOMEONE IN YOUR COMPANY WHO IS ALLOWED TO MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS!
We are the Voodoo Bear and we have chosen [redacted] as target for our next DDoS attack.
Please perform a google search for “Voodoo Bear” to have a look at some of our previous work.
Your network will be subject to a DDoS attack starting at 2020 November 2nd (Monday).
THIS IS NOT A HOAX, and to prove it right now we will start a small attack on [redacted] that will last for 30 minutes.
It will not be heavy attack, and will not cause you any damage so don’t worry, at this moment.
This means that your website, e-mail and other connected services will be unavailable for everyone.
We will refrain from attacking your servers for a small fee.
The current fee is $1050(USD) in bitcoins (BTC). The fee will increase by 1000 USD for each day after deadline that passed without payment.
Please send Bitcoin to the following Bitcoin address (cAsE-SeNsitIve):
Once you have paid we will automatically get informed that it was your payment. Please note that you have to make payment before the deadline or the attack WILL start!
If you decide not to pay, we will start the attack on 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 (Cloudflare, Sucuri, Imperva and similar services are useless, because we will hit your network directly).
We will completely destroy your reputation and make sure your services will remain offline until you pay.
We will also download your database and do as much damage as possible.
Do not reply to this email, don’t try to reason or negotiate, we will not read any replies.
Once you have paid we won’t start the attack and you will never hear from us again.
Please note that Bitcoin is anonymous and no one will find out that you have complied.
– Voodoo Bear team
The email is that which has been proven as a fake Cozy Bear scam.