You may recall that almost three weeks ago I wrote a post (here) in which I told you about a comment in my spam folder from someone who threatened to do all kinds of horrible things to my online presence if I didn’t pay his ransom.
My “hosting account and domain” would “be blocked forever” and I would, in an awkwardly worded threat, “receive tens of thousands of negative feedback from angry people.” I would be ruined and banned from the internet for life.
But for the low, low price of one-half a Bitcoin (approximately 4,060 US dollars), I could avoid having my site blocked for life, losing everything, and earning the reputation as a malicious serial spammer. All I had to do was send him the half a Bitcoin by June 1, 2019.
So naturally, I wire transferred this culprit his half a Bitcoin in order to keep my blog, my domain, and my sterling reputation intact.
I ignored the ransom threat and deleted the spam comment and nothing bad happened. Here it is, June 13th and my life is not in tatters, my site is still functioning, my reputation is no worse than it was before the ransom threat, and I still don’t really understand what Bitcoins are or how they work.
By the way, my reputation is okay, isn’t it? You’re not part of a horde of tens of thousands of people who are angry with me, are you?