It happens quite often that private individuals or companies receive different types of extortion letters via various digital communication channels, first and foremost by email.
Companies are threatened, for example, with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) or the compromise of their website and the theft of trade secrets as a result. Allegedly, only paying a certain amount of Bitcoins to a wallet (comparable to a bank account) can protect the company from such an attack.
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by Gregor Wegberg