Restaurants targeted by online blackmailers

03 Mar 2016 11:00 AM

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Police are appealing for information after a number of restaurants were targeted online with threats of blackmail.

Northumbria Police Cyber Crime Unit is  investigating a series of reports of threats to cause reputational damage to a number of restaurant businesses in the area.

Silk Rooms, Aneesas, Luigi Khans and Arlos were all contacted on Monday, February 29 with threats that their websites would be hacked and given false bad reviews unless they did not pay an amount of money via a website in ‘bitcoins’.

Northumbria Police is stressing that any such reviews seen are not genuine and should be disregarded.


Detective Inspector Angela Hufton said: "The Cyber Crime Unit is working together with the Regional Cyber Crime Unit and National Crime Agency to investigate this matter which is believed linked to a number of similar reports across the country. We are taking this matter very seriously and would ask if anyone has been victim to one of these requests or has any information to contact us."

Anyone or any business which receives any requests of this nature to contact Action Fraud or Northumbria Police on 101.

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