Vitaly Borker jailed after threatening customers for Google rankings, Google changes algorithm
Talk about your Internet crime. Geesh!
Borker said dozens of complaints by frightened customers helped elevate his website’s position on Google searches, reported the New York Times.
He emailed one client with an image of their home, told another’s workplace their staff member was a gay drug dealer and sent warnings such as ‘I know where you live’. He threatened another with rape and dismemberment.
This prompted Google to look at the issue and change its search algorithm so no company could positively use negative feedback. ‘We can say with reasonable confidence that being bad to customers is bad for business on Google,’ a spokesman said at the time. Borker used aliases to threaten death or sexual assault on customers.