December 14, 2018 AtoZ Markets – Under horrifying conditions, many schools in most of the U.S states evacuated their buildings on Thursday, 13. Dec, after an alarm of a bomb, for which the informer asked a ransom of $20,000 in Bitcoin.
The alarm came in spam emails, targeting schools, media outlets, police precincts and other organisations, in addition to not less than more 13 locations across New York city, in which the writer demanded recipients to pay the aforementioned ransom in digital currency.
“I write to inform you that my man has carried the bomb (Tetryl) into the building where your business is located, It was assembled according to my instructions. It can be hidden anywhere because of its small size, it cannot damage the supporting building structures, but there will be many victims in case of its explosion.”, one of the emails that went viral over the social media read.
The state of terror seems to have escalated more, with the terrorist asking for the ransom to be paid by the end of the day, under a warning of detonating the bomb in the building, stressing that it was more than one bomb planted in several places.
“You must pay me by the end of the working day, if you are late with the transaction the bomb will explode, this is just a business, if I do not see the bitcoins and a bomb detonates, other companies will transfer me more money, because it isn’t a single case.”, continued the message.
In response, the schools and other professional departments the emails targeted evacuated, the buildings as safety measures.
The media outlet of The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, was one of the targeted organisation, whom its managing editor Jane Elizabeth tweeted on Thursday: “We have evacuated the News & Observer building due to a bomb threat, we have no information that this is credible but of course we’re taking every precaution.”
Schools, media outlets, and even religious groups’ compounds were threatened
The Bronx High School of Science in New York was also among the recipients who received the threatening email, which made the management board and students to evacuate the building as well, while the Columbine High School in Colorado received a call from an unknown person, in which they claimed that multiple bombs were planted in the place.
The aforementioned school survived a case of horror, as it had previous similar incidents, where 10 people were murdered in 1999.
The emails reached other 22 schools over the American states, along with religious places, as the reports point out to.
After investigating the case and searching the places that were said to have bombs planted, in Iowa, Idaho, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and a number of other states, the police confirmed that the threat reported was just a hoax for ripping off money in exchange of the targets’ lives.
“we are aware of recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.”, the FBI said in a statement upon receiving reports.
One day before the incident, the media reported that Menlo Park headquarters had to evacuate its building in response to a bomb threats.
It is worth mentioning that 2018 witnessed many similar cases, in which scammers resorted to such methods, in attempts to make their victims pay money, either in cash or digital currency, where the pressure mostly constituted in either reporting a bomb, or a recording of people they had already chatted with and filmed them in obscene positions, where the films were used later for blackmailing purposes.