back to article Website extortionists rake in over $100,000 without lifting a finger

Reputation is everything in business: it appears a bunch of canny scammers have stolen the identity of a hacking squad to make some serious bank. Back in November, a group calling itself the Armada Collective carried out a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on webmail providers who refused to pay them a …

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"unable to find a single incident where...the Armada Collective has..launched a DDoS attack"

Maybe this is the "Spanish Armada" collective?


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No one expects the Armada Collective...

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Everyone expects the Armada Collective.

But then it doesn't show up.

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Look what Adobe is making out of "Creative Cloud" website verified subscription instead of selling a licence?

Google, MS, IBM, Oracle, Amazon and others too.

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How it works ... further on into the Great Game

An email shared, with no alien comment on its content ...... other than to say that there be phish which be phish and would be trojan.

Good afternoon,

Our firm would like to make a very good proposition to you! You can gain a real money without any deposits or big time spending. Our firm helps to get the cryptocurrency to our clients. If you can find a couple of days per week and 2-3 hours per these days our job is absolutely suit for you! Besides the huge benefit of our job is that this type of work does not raise difficulties with your primary job.

Your usual profit amount to 200 to 1,600 Euros

for each of the tasks. It means that you can make nearly 8 000 EUR per month!

What you need to do?

1. Our company will make the transaction to your bank account the amount of money in the volume of 1000,00 EUR to 8000.00 EUR.

2. We will give you all information about this transaction.

3. As soon as the money appears on your bank account, you need to convert into cash the money.

4. 20% of sum will be your commission. You just need to take it.

5. 80% of the received amount of money you need transfer to our companion.

6. If task is done correct and on time we will talk over the time of the next task.

The amount of your salary differs according to the number of the done tasks. If you wish to make a good money you should gain our confidence. Just execute your work quickly, responsible and perfect and you will get a lot of tasks and will have the opportunity to get a good money.

You don't need to worry about the legitimacy of our business. We always keep within the EU law in our business.

If you are willing to cooperate with our company, please, contact us by email: and we will contact you at the earliest possible moment and will answer all of your questions. Our HR-manager will send you the reply to your

request from our corporate e-mail adress that is why please check new e-mail messages from new senders. We handle a big amount of incoming and outgoing letters everyday that is why it is possible that you can wait answer from us more than 12 hours. We are kindly asking you for understanding and we would like to apologize for the inconvenience.

Waiting for your answer.

Best Regards,

Schulte Group

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Re: How it works ... further on into the Great Game

That title should read, in greater recognition of the spirit of fuller exposure and increased transparency [for there always will remain an adequately successful degree of obscurity and obfuscation for reasons of pirate safety and private security, both personal and public] ...... How it and IT Skunkworks works ...... further on into the Great Game

And that's only for starters in such games as are quite rightly Great Games ...... and politically astute and virtually adept, and HyperRadioProActive with Greater IntelAIgent Games Plays/Future Sensitive Events AIMovement.


Based on the grammar in the ransom note, these ones are Chinese, probably Hong Kong.


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