GAYOLA, Brent Julian S.
What Would You Do No.4
You are the CFO of a sporting goods manufacturer and distributor. Your firm has annual sales exceeding $500 million, with roughly 25 percent of your sales coming from online purchases. Today your firm’s Web site was not operational for about an hour. The IT group informed you that the site was the target of a distributed denial-of-service attack. You are shocked by an anonymous call later in the day in which a man tells you that your site will be attacked unmercifully unless you pay him $250,000 to stop the attacks. What do you say to the blackmailer?
In some situations, the blackmailer may just be a cheap bluff. This is where honest self-evaluation comes into play. Is there really a ground for the blackmail? Is the blackmail really damaging; and can it hold water? These are some of the questions you should ask yourself and answer truthfully. Of the purpose of this article, we will assume that there is ground for blackmail. This singular step could end the blackmailer’s game. The leverage the blackmailer has over you is the information that he has on you; which has the potential of having some damaging effects on your person or those close to you. When you disclose this information yourself, you not only take away the blackmailers leverage but allow the story or blackmail claims to flow in your own tide.
Contact the law. This is a way of getting the blackmailer to pay for his / her acts. When you contact the law enforcement agent they will work hand in hand with you to catch the blackmailer in the act, so they can have evidence to prosecute him / her. Giving in to the blackmailer. Well, this is another option but the last I would want you to consider taking. This is usually taken by those who don’t want to involve the police or a lawyer. They want things to remain between them and the blackmailer. In this situation, you might want to believe that the blackmailer will not come again and...
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