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A new spam message is circulating, warning website owners of an attack unless they pay up, according to security firm Symantec.

Security firm Symantec recently uncovered a scheme that purportedly attempts to extort money from website owners and operators in order to avoid the possibility of a DDoS attack. The capability of these extortionists to actually carry out the threat is still an open question, and it’s more likely that this may simply be an empty threat to try to get money.

The best action against these types of messages is employing screens to block such email from reaching your mailboxes. However, it’s best to seek the services of an expert to determine the extent of risk, and also to employ safeguards and response measures should an attack take place. If you find such messages in your mail, let us know and we can help.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

Published on 21st September 2010 by Jeanne DeWitt.

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