Online travel booking agency ‘CheapAir’ has recently received a threat with a smear campaign on social media unless it pays for a ransom amount in bitcoins.
As stated by the companyin its official twitter post, a ransom amount of $10,000 USD in BTC has been demanded by anonymous defaulters, failureto which as the threatexpressed, wouldlead toa campaignaimed towards damaging the company’s existing relations with its customers.
Besides threateningto representthe flight comparison prices in an exceedinglynegativesighton the social media, the cyber hackersalso threatened to write negativefeedbackson the company’s review pageand undermining theSEOrankings of CheapAir on google.
However the CheapAir team has denied their demand directly mentioning on it official web blog post as:
“paying these cyber thugsisn’tachoicebeingthought-about. Weare informing our usersregardingthis in advance. If you see anuncommonsocial activity or negative posts on any of our accounts, you already have the picture of what’s going.”
As per another posting on the company’s Twitter account, the smear campaign has alreadystarted. Most of the negative tweets are generated by bot accounts and have been surfaced for now.”
CheapAir is a travel sitesthataccepts digital currencies asa methodof payment after the giant Expedia stopped its services for bitcoin a few months ago. The reason behind the company for stopping its services is believed to be the ongoing market fall.