Large DDoS, small extortion

All that from a far greater authority than I.

But lest my weak words be misunderstood, I have no objection what ever to providing technical information (and facilities, even)--it is ONLY the paying of ransom that I object to. And I think I would say that if I were the captive.

I think over the long haul the odds are that if you DO pay the ransom, the victim will be dead anyway.