Hoax bitcoin bomb threats plague US, Australia, NZ and Canada

Bitcoin Bitcoin Extortionists Turn From Blackmail to Bomb Threats Tony Spilotro
Bitcoin Bitcoin Extortionists Turn From Blackmail to Bomb Threats Tony Spilotro

15 December, 2018

Police confirmed that Group Mobile, a mobile technology business based in Chandler, received a bomb threat via email around 11 a.m. Thursday.

By early Thursday afternoon, authorities were reporting that the bomb threats appear to be a hoax.

In California, the Riverside Sheriff's Office had "an influx of email threats" and is taking them seriously, although no threat has been substantiated. CNN reports that it's unclear if the threats, which have also been received in San Francisco, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Washington, DC, are connected.

Numerous businesses receiving threats claim the emails demand money in bitcoins and included the subject line "Think Twice".

"We are also aware of similar events occurring across the continent". The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they are aware of the threats and are working with law enforcement to provide assistance.

Police didn't offer other details at this time and wouldn't confirm if the buildings were being evacuated.

Businesses in Detroit, New Orleans and Alaska were also targeted, as was Penn State University in Pennsylvania.

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The Santa Fe Police Department said it responded to multiple threats at several different locations.

The email message appears to be similar to others reported around the state and nation. Local, state, and federal authorities are investigating the threats. Officials from both countries said they believe the threats - clumsily written emails demanding $20,000 U.S. payments of bitcoin - may have all come from the same source.

Nothing personal this is just a business, if you don't transfer me the bitcoins and a bomb explodes, next time other companies will send me more money because this is not a one-time action.

In Colorado Springs, Colorado, school district 20 a spokesperson told FOX 21 multiple threats had been received, but none were credible.

There were other threats today not related to the hoax, it seems. Ottawa police labelled the bomb threats an "unfounded email threat to local business and individuals", and New Zealand cyber security agency CERT NZ called them an "opportunistic scam". Police were searching the area around the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat after a bomb threat was received by the newspaper.

The Boston Fire Department said it was notified about bomb threats at the Boston Opera House, the Keystone building, the Westin Boston Waterfront, and the Courtyard Boston Copley Square.

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