The U.S. government has confirmed the existence of bomb threat emails that demand bitcoin from organizations and suggested steps to take.
The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, announced Thursday that it is aware of such an email campaign worldwide.
“The emails claim that a device will detonate unless a ransom in bitcoin is paid,” the NCCIC said.
The email reportedly read:
The NCCIC advised citizens that, if they receive one of the bomb threat emails, they should not try to contact the sender or pay the ransom.
The agency also asked people to report emails to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center or to a local FBI field office.
The mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser has also released an official statement confirming that she has been briefed by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on the ongoing investigation into the several bomb threats nationwide, including DC.
“Each of the threats was received via email, requesting bitcoin ransom, but we have no knowledge that anyone has complied with the transaction demands,” she said.
Australian and New Zealand government agencies are also reportedly investigating bitcoin bomb threat emails received by some residents, as confirmed by cybersecurity officials to Reuters.
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