In the United States of America, a particularly audacious e-mail is making the rounds. Blackmailers threaten to blow up public buildings and demand a ransom in Bitcoin.
Bitcoin news: Terrorism à la crypto
The blackmailers demand 20,000 US dollars in Bitcoin – otherwise they want to blow up buildings. As Bitcoin news reported on 13 December, an e-mail went out to public institutions and private individuals threatened with bombs. Read more about it: httpscoin-news-trader/ According to the reports, the blackmailer’s e-mail said:
“How do you do? My mercenary carried the bomb into the building where your business is run. My mercenary built the bomb under my direction. It can be hidden anywhere because of its small size, it is impossible to destroy the supporting building structure with this explosive, but if it identifies itself as such, there will be many injured.
My recruited person observes the situation around the building. If he notices suspicious activities, panic or police officers, the device will be blown up.
I can call my husband back when you make a transaction. The price for your security is $20,000. Send it to me in Bitcoin and I assure you that I will withdraw my mercenary so that the bomb does not detonate. But don’t try to fool me – my warranty only comes into effect after 3 confirmations in the blockchain.
If there are problems with the transaction, you have to solve it by the end of the day
When the working day is over and people start leaving the building, the bomb will explode.”
As one can further infer from the threats, it is nothing personal, rather the extortion is purely business threats:
“It’s nothing personal, just a business. If I don’t see the Bitcoin and a bomb explodes, other companies will send me more Bitcoin next time, because it’s not a one-time action.
I won’t log in to this email anymore, I monitor my wallet every twenty minutes and when I receive the money, I’ll give my husband the order to leave.
If the bomb explodes and the authorities see this email, we are not a terrorist society and do not take responsibility for explosions in other places.
However, as the local police in Oklahoma point out, such threats have been received in large numbers. However, they are not to be taken seriously, rather they have so far been able to determine “nothing to be taken seriously”. So it says in the tweet of the responsible authority:
We’re working a number of bomb threat calls in OKC. There have been similar threats called into several locations around the country. No credible threat found at this point. We encourage the public to continue to be vigilant and call with anything suspicious.
– Oklahoma City Police (@OKCPD) 13 December 2018
Suspicion of Scam
Similar threats became known at the beginning of November. Here, blackmailers in the Netherlands threatened with hand grenades if those affected did not comply with the ransom demand. So far, however, there have been no known explosions.