Bitcoin [BTC] bomb scare grabs attention of US, Canada authorities; NYPD says threat likely ‘not credible’

Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency in terms of market cap, which is popularly called as the currency most preferred by criminals and tax evaders, has managed to capture the attention of US authorities in an alleged bomb scare case.

According to reports, an email has been sent to several institutions, including hospitals, by the perpetrators claiming that a bomb has been carried onto their business premises, adding that it could not damage the supporting building. It also stated that several people will fall victim to the explosion if a specific demand was not met; payment of a ransom in Bitcoins.

The mail was followed by the perpetrator stating that if 20000 USD was not paid in Bitcoins as ransom, then the bomb will be detonated. The mail further stated that the payment should be done by the end of the day and if the payment is late, then the bomb would be detonated.

This particular incident seems to have bought the United States to a standstill, with several places being evacuated and authorities stepped in to investigate the case. Additionally, as the investigation is on-going, it has been deemed that the threat is not credible and that no bombs or explosives were found so far.

NYPD News said on Twitter:

“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.”

They further added:

“At this time, it appears that these threats are meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money. We’ll respond to each call regarding these emails to conduct a search but we wanted to share this information so the credibility of these threats can be assessed as likely NOT CREDIBLE”

Tom Scott, a Youtube content producer, said:

“The Bitcoin-spam-scammers have moved on from fake blackmail threats to fake bomb threats. So far no-one’s paid anything to the address, and I suspect it’ll stay that way.”

Bitcoin bomb email sent across in the US | Source: Twitter

Bitcoin bomb email sent across in the US | Source: Twitter

Massachusetts State Police statement on the incident | Source: Twitter

Massachusetts State Police statement on the incident | Source: Twitter

Mike Valerio, a White House and Election Security reporter, said:

“JUST IN – Washington DC @MayorBowser confirms wave of bomb threats NOT CREDIBLE • They were ALL sent via email • Asked for a Bitcoin ransom • NO explosive devices found in DC. Mayor’s statement below:”

Official Statement of Washington Mayor | Source: Twitter

Official Statement of Washington Mayor | Source: Twitter

Furthermore, based on the latest announcements, US is not the only place to receive the threat, Canada has also joined the mailing list of the perpetrator. Ottawa Police has also released a statement that states that several businesses have received the bomb threat. Ottawa Police said:

“The unfounded e-mail threat to local business and individuals is demanding a bit coin payment. If you have been the recipient of such an e-mail threat, please do not respond to the bit coin demand. Please make a report with the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300.”

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