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U.S. Government Confirms The Existence Of Bomb Threat Emails Demanding Bitcoin From Organizations



The government of United States is the bitcoin news today – this time for the emergence of a new trend that is focused around ‘fake’ bomb threat emails that demand Bitcoin from organizations within the country.

The US Government suggested the best steps to take in this scenario, led by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) which is part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency. As the organizations announced this Thursday, they are aware of such an email campaign worldwide.

“The emails claim that a device will detonate unless a ransom in bitcoin is paid,” the NCCIC said.

So far, there have been several reports stating that the scammers are demanding hefty sums paid in Bitcoin with the subject line “I advise you not to call the police.”

The emails, on the other hand, included the following in their body:

“My man carried a bomb (Hexogen) into the building where your company is located. … I can withdraw my mercenary if you pay. You pay me 20.000 $ in Bitcoin and the bomb will not explode, but don’t try to cheat – I warrant you that I will withdraw my mercenary only after 3 confirmations in blockchain network.”

The NCCIC advised citizens that if they receive one of the bomb threat emails, they should not try to contact the sender or pay the ransom. Furthermore, the agency also asked people to report emails to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center or to a local FBI field office.

The mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser, has also released an official statement confirming that she has been briefed by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). As she said:

“Each of the threats was received via email, requesting bitcoin ransom, but we have no knowledge that anyone has complied with the transaction demands. MPD is investigating these threats with our federal law enforcement partners. This is an issue being reported in other cities nationwide and is not considered credible at this time. If you receive a threat or observe suspicious activity, please call 911.”

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