Sometimes it’s best to just let old grudges go. A man previously sent down for trying extort a company with hacking threats has been thrown back behind bars for more than eight years for targeting that same business with negative reviews just weeks after being released. William Stanley was sentenced earlier this month to 97 months in the cooler for retaliation against a victim. Texas-based financial services firm, after he demanded money on threats of posting, and promoting via SEO, negative reviews of the firm back in 2013 and 2014.
Stanley pled guilty to one count, and received a 37-month prison sentence, in January 2016. In the review, the author further identified himself as ‘William L Stanley’ and discussed black-hat SEO work which GE purportedly paid him to perform in the past against some of GE’s competitors,” a criminal complaint, filed in a US federal district court in Dallas, Texas, claimed. That same day, a negative workplace review of GE was posted on Glassdoor, wherein the author claimed to be a ‘former employee’. Investigators would later trace that traffic, and a WordPress site created to hold links to other negative articles and posts about GE, to the halfway house where Stanley was staying. That was enough to bring new federal charges against Stanley namely retaliation against a witness, victim, or informant. The new charge brought him a new prison sentence: nearly three times longer than his original stretch inside the Big House, which should give him long enough to consider his actions. 6m restitution bill to GE, though it’s unclear how he would manage to pay that.