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Bomb Threats Emailed Around the World

 

Systems Affected


Bomb threat blackmail emails being received by businesses and institutions across the world.

Threat Level


Informational


Overview


Worldwide spam email campaign is targeting businesses and organizations with bomb threats. The emails claim that a device will detonate unless a ransom in Bitcoin is paid.


Description


The bomb threats came in the form of spam emails demanding recipients provide ransom payment of $20,000 in the form of the electronic currency (Bitcoin). "You must pay me by the end of the working day, if you are late with the transaction the bomb will explode," the message continued. These emails were received by the organizations on 13th December 2018. But no actual explosives were found in any business premises.


Impact



Solution/ Workarounds


If you receive such spam email,
✦   Do not respond or try to contact the sender.
✦   Do not pay the ransom or take any further action.
✦   Keep the email as evidence to pass to Police


References


https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2018/12/13/Bomb-Threats-Emailed-Around-World

https://www.cert.govt.nz/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bitcoin-bomb-threats-today-us-email-nationwide-schools-news-media-banks-hoax-latest-update-a8682671.html


Disclaimer


The information provided herein is on "as is" basis, without warranty of any kind.


 
     

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