Bitcoin Extortionists Send Letters With Bomb Threats
Citizens of the United States and Canada became the victims of a mass mailing of letters in which fraudsters demanded to pay them bitcoins and threatened to detonate bombs in case of refusal. The law enforcement agencies claim that these messages do not pose a danger to the public, but the investigation continues, Global News reports.
Because of threats, police in several regions of North America evacuated children from schools and passengers at some subway stations. The University of Washington and other educational institutions, as well as car dealerships and local city halls also received the letters from extortionists.
Some letters stated that a bomb was already planted in a building, and the only way to prevent an explosion is to transfer $20,000 in bitcoins to the account of the extortionist. However, the New York City Police Department tweeted that no explosive devices were found at these locations. According to the law enforcement officers, the attackers send these messages to get money and undermine the tranquility of citizens, but this kind of threat should not be taken seriously.
The police of the Canadian city of Calgary also stated that the letters do not pose a danger to the public and advised local residents not to respond to the messages from scammers. Presumably, mailings were part of a phishing attack that hackers carried out in the United States and Canada.
Earlier, hackers demanded $10,000 in bitcoins from the popular travel company CheapAir, threatening to publish thousands of negative reviews about the agency. The company refused to pay the amount requested by the scammers and warned the customers about the likely worsening of its ratings in social networks.
Besides, a resident of Sweden was sentenced to seven years in prison for an attempt to blow up the British crypto exchange.