Dozens of bomb threats are reported to news broadcasts, government buildings, banks, libraries, schools and companies in the US – including e-mail requests for Bitcoin
Snejana Farberov for Dailymail.com
Dozens of bomb threats were mailed to news organizations, government agencies, schools and private companies from coast to coast on Thursday, causing evacuations.
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau NYPD said in a tweet that the agency is monitoring the threats to the bombs, but they are not considered credible.
The NYPD tweeted later that there was an e-mail circulating with a bomb alert that asked for bitcoin payment & # 39;
This inconveniently formulated e-mail that Bitcoin demanded was sent to companies in New York City
The NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau confirmed in a tweet Thursday that dozens of bug reports have been emails to locations in New York City and the entire country
The uncomfortable word letter, obtained by ABC Eyewitness News, seems to have been written by a non-native English speaker, possibly with the help of a translation app.
It reads in part: & # 39; there is an explosive (Tetryl) in the building where your company is headed. My recruited person constructed the bomb according to my guide. It is small and it is very carefully hidden, it is not able to destroy the structure of the building, but if it explodes, there will be many injuries.
The unidentified author of the letter, who emphasizes that he or she is not part of a terrorist organization, goes on to say that the device will be detonated if police presence or panic is detected.
& # 39; I want to present you a bargain, & # 39; the letter continues. & # 39; You pay me $ 20,000 in Bitcoin and explosive does not explode … You have to pay me at the end of the working day. If you are late with the payment, explosive will explode. & # 39;
The villain then assures the target company that the threat is nothing personal, if you do not send me the money and the bomb explodes, the next time other commercial companies transfer me much more, because it is not a one-time action. # 39;
According to the law enforcement agency, the purpose of the threat was to cause a disruption and possibly obtain money,
The police said they have done searches at locations that are the target of the treatment, but that no devices have been found.
The FBI stated that federal agents are also aware of the unfolding situation in cities in the US, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago and Detroit.
& # 39; As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activities that could pose a threat to public security without delay. & # 39; Read a tweet from the federal agency.
A spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Police Department has revealed that around a dozen specific email bomb threats with addresses in and around Oklahoma City have been shipped Thursday.