Crystal Ball contest is over. People who correctly answered #3 or LOL have been badged. I sure did get a lot of you to say LOL, Lol.
We get a lot of blackmail attempts here at Voat, perhaps one every two weeks. Nearly all are security related threats. This one though, well this one is a first. It is Voat's first DDoS threat and the first time we've seen lmgtfy.com used in the email body, so we have decided to share it for historical preservation.
If this "group" is serious (serious groups use lmgtfy.com) expect to see downtime. If they are mid-grade expect to get reacquainted with the having your bits checked by the one and only Voat Goat and/or some features turned off. If they really suck expect to see nothing.
I'm kind of excited. Let's take bets to make this interesting.
Anyone that correctly predicts tomorrow will get badged with a brand new shiny "I'm a Blackmail Wizard" badge.
ENTRY RULES: To make it easier on me, use the following text for your prediction and use only one of the phrases:
Downtime (Voat burns)
Voat Goat (Voat turns on DDoS protections and/or reduces functionality to deal with a DDoS, but stays alive for the most part)
LOL (Nothing happens because their moms took away their iPads)
What happens tomorrow Voat?
Edit: And no editing your entries cheaters. I know what you are thinking!
DDoS Email Threat:
Sent: Monday, May 1, 2017 12:12 AM
Subject: Ransom request: DDOS ATTACK!
FORWARD THIS MAIL TO WHOEVER IS IMPORTANT IN YOUR COMPANY AND CAN MAKE DECISION!
We are xmr-squad. https://lmgtfy.com/q=xmr_squad
All your servers will be DDoS-ed starting tuesday (may 2) if you don’t pay protection – 3 Bitcoins @ 16qkhjMBqXCtZHF7wwLmBA4ShmKECHqpHB
If you don’t pay by tuesday, attack will start, price to stop will
increase to 20 BTC and will go up 5 BTC for every day of attack.
One bitcoin costs about 1.3k USD at the moment.
You can buy bitcoins easily here: https://www.coinify.com/
This is not a joke.
Our attacks are extremely powerful – sometimes over 600 Gigabits per second.
So, no cheap protection will help.
Prevent it all with just 3 BTC @ 16qkhjMBqXCtZHF7wwLmBA4ShmKECHqpHB
Do not reply, we will not read.
Pay and we will know its you. AND YOU WILL NEVER AGAIN HEAR FROM US!
Bitcoin is anonymous, nobody will ever know you cooperated.