A wave of emails began being received late this morning at dozens of companies across America. The emails, which all appear to be similar, threaten to detonate an explosive device, should $20,000 in Bitcoin not be sent to specific anonymous addresses prior to the end of the work day.
“I write to inform you that my man has carried the bomb into the building where your business is located. It was assembled according to instructions. It can be hidden anywhere because of its small size, it can not damage the supporting building structure, but there will be many victims in case of its explosion,” reads the first paragraph of the email. “I can call off my recruited person if you pay. 20,000 usd is the cost for your life. Transfer it to me in BTC and I guarantee that I will withdraw my recruited person and explosive won’t detonate,” the email continues, before providing a bitcoin address.
The email has been received by employees at a number of companies, and numerous schools across the nation, including the Bronx H.S. in New York. There have been at least 13 companies or schools in the Chicago area reporting that they received the email, 12 in Oklahoma, 7 in Tennessee, 4 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and several in New York City and parts of Southern California.
“Please be advised – there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment. While this email has been sent to numerous locations, searches have been conducted and NO DEVICES have been found,” tweeted the NYPD.
— Lance King (@analogfusion) December 13, 2018
“Several area businesses are receiving what appears to be a robo-email saying there is a bomb threat to their business unless they pay money in Bitcoins. We have found no credible evidence any of these emails are authentic. See CRPD Facebook for more details,” wrote the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
HillReporter has been tracking several of the bitcoin addresses identified in the emails, and none of them have sent or received any bitcoin as of yet, meaning companies do not appear to be buying into these terroristic demands.