Yesterday Someone Tried to Extort Me

E.J. Hilbert
9 min readOct 15, 2018
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Imagine my surprise when, while driving my daughter to lacrosse practice, I received a telegram message trying to extort me and the company I work for, Path Network, for $1.6 million.

Let me set the scene for you, I’m driving in my Mini with my daughter talking about lacrosse and of course the boys she likes when my phone goes off. My daughter sees it and lets me know that I have a message from a business associate, we will call him Bob. Bob and I have just finished a buyout and company acquisition deal, so if he is reaching out on a Sunday something might be wrong.

I asked my daughter to respond and the extortion begins.

The individual who has taken over Bob’s account claims he has compromising data about Path and our negotiations and threatens to go public with the information. Since everything Path has done has been on the up and up with full reporting and visibility, I know this claim is wrong but let’s see where this goes.

The attacker proceeds to openly admit he has compromised Bob’s email and telegram account. He also admits that he is trying to extort me, an ex-FBI agent. (I know I have been out for 10 years but come on, is that really a smart move?)

The attacker later admits that he is in the UK, that he is promoting ICO’s, and that he has done no research on Path…



E.J. Hilbert

Work in the CyberSecurity and Privacy Arena worldwide, Owner of KCECyber, Ex-FBI. All opinions posted are my own !!!