Business owners in Amsterdam express their worries in today’s crypto news about criminals who are threatening to harm their businesses unless they pay them insanely high amounts of bitcoin.
According to local NLTimes, multiple businesses received emails where the criminals demand more than 50,000 euros worth of bitcoin. If the business owners fail to pay the extorted sum, the criminals threaten that they will plant hand grenades where the business are or as a second option, the business will be shot upon. As a precaution, businesses are required to shut down in Amsterdam for an indefinite period of time in case explosive devices are found or a shooting takes place.
A piece of the email threat reads:
“You probably noticed how many entrepreneurs have had to close their doors recently by order of the municipality. To prevent you from being the next one, you must immediately take action.’’
In order to pay the extortion fee, the business owners are instructed to open a new account on two crypto exchanges and them being Coinbase and Coinmama. Next up they have to buy bitcoins on either one of the exchanges and then transfer them to a required address.
At least three coffee shops have already received a threat like this in Amsterdam and also a few nightclubs. The criminals even said that the extortion fee will be doubled if the owners don’t make the payment in five days.
The email recipients must keep the threat confidential and they are warned for informing the police or any other law enforcement body. If they don’t maintain the confidentiality, the extortion fee will reach a stunning 200,000 euros. However, there is no single business registered to have paid the said amount.
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“You will be responsible for drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts related our blockchain initiatives, including partnerships needed to launch new products and expand such products internationally.”It continues:
“You will also advise clients on the various legal risks, business strategies and other issues related to commercial transactions and general operations.”With this, Facebook attracted a lot of attention in the media. After the reports on New York Times last month which hinted on the company seeking support for its potential future token dubbed "Facebook Coin" - this only extends the rumors to new possibilities. The token, which some sources say that may appear within the first half of this year, would act as a cross platform initiative for payments - and may also involve Instagram and WhatsApp - as the two major businesses owned by Facebook. Before this, one report showed that the social media giant (Facebook) had bought a blockchain startup and with that made its first move in the blockchain space. The report was talking about Chainspace, a startup based in the UK, which focuses on blockchain scalability solutions. At the time, one Facebook representative noted that they have hired many Chainspace researchers but hadn't gotten a hold of Chainspace's tech. There are a lot of analyses about Facebook's current plans involving crypto and blockchain - as well as a lot of accents on how the dominant social media network could improve these spaces. For now, however, everything is just a rumor but this recent job vacancy ad has proven that things are looking more serious for both Facebook and its plans in the blockchain/crypto space.
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“Crypto Facilities will remain London-based, benefiting from the regulatory oversight of the Financial Conduct Authority, one of the world’s most forward looking and innovation-focused regulators, and reflecting Kraken’s commitment to the UK as the leading financial and cryptocurrency hub in Europe.’’
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