A series of email bomb threats shock the US, criminals want Bitcoin

13 Dec, 2018 | Updated: 13 Dec, 2018
by Joeri Cant
A series of email bomb threats shock the US, criminals want Bitcoin

A new email extortion scam is making the rounds, threatening US citizens all over the country that a bomb has been planted within the recipient’s building and that the bomb will be detonated unless a hefty Bitcoin ransom is paid by the end of the business day.

Several places like schools and businesses all over the U. S. were evacuated today, after receving an email that affirmed a bomb would be detonated unless a ransom was paid with Bitcoin.

However, at this point it is highly likely that the emails are spam and that the threats are not credible.

The FBI has sent a report affirming that the email was not a credible threat, something that it had decided to do after monitoring the situation for a while.

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KrebsonSecurity, stated that sources at multiple U.S. based financial institutions reported receiving the email threat, which included the subject line, 'I advise you not to call the police.'

According to the sent spam email explosives were planted at the place of business and that it can be hidden anywhere because of its small size. If any members of the law enforcement were called, the bomb would explode. The ransom was $20,000 USD to be paid in Bitcoin.

Of course there are businesses receiving this extortion email which will treat this as a credible threat.

'There are several serious legal problems with this. People will be calling the police, and they cannot ignore even a known hoax', said Jason McNew, CEO and founder of Stronghold Cyber Security, a consultancy based in Gettysburg, Pa.

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