Bitcoin bomb threat emails have become a menace in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. The US government has confirmed its existence and also issued an advisory on how to deal with the issue. After reports surfaced that people are receiving bomb threat emails demanding Bitcoin, New Zealand, and Australian governments have initiated a probe into the matter.
The US Government Springs into Action
National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has announced recently that they are aware that Bitcoin bomb threat emails are circulating world over. NCCIC is a part of the US government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency. The threat emails claim that they will denote a bomb if the email receiver doesn’t pay the ransom in Bitcoin. Some believe these are the handiworks of the scammers and are nothing but Bitcoin bomb hoax.
Reports say these Bitcoin bomb threat emails are sent by the scammers with the subject line “I advise you not to call the police.” The content of the email reads:
“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.”
As part of their advisory, NCCIC has asked citizens not to contact the scammers or pay the ransom. They have also advised people to report the matter to either the Internet Crime Complaint Center of FBI or their local field office. The mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser has asked citizens to call 911 if they “receive a threat or observe suspicious activity”.
Bitcoin Bomb Threat Emails in Australia and New Zealand
Similar threat emails have been reported in both Australia and New Zealand. While such Bitcoin bomb threat emails have led to lockdowns, building sweeps, and evacuations in some case in the USA, nothing of the sort has yet taken place in both NZ and Australia. Cybersecurity agencies of both countries have acknowledged the existence of such Bitcoin (BTC) bomb threat emails. They are currently investigating the matter.
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