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US Bitcoin Bomb Threats Fizzle Out As NYPD Declares It a Hoax

December 14, 2018 12:20
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On Thursday, the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced that there was a bomb threat going around where the alleged attacker wanted payment in bitcoin. The tweet put out by NYPD said, “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.”

It 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.”

Interestingly, this threat was not limited to only New York. Other cities such as Chicago, Montgomery, San Francisco, Los Angeles also received similar threats. For instance, Los Angeles Police Department said, “The #LAPD is aware of the bomb threats being made throughout the nation. Several of those threats have been received in the Los Angeles area. We are working diligently to determine the source & credibility of these threats. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”

The threat which was shared by a civilian Ryan Grant said, “So I actually just got a bomb threat in my work email today ordering me to send the person $20,000 via bitcoin or they will blow up my place of work…. 2018 is wild.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also issued a statement on this matter saying, “We are aware of the 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.”

However, we checked the bitcoin address mentioned in the threat and so far there has been no transactions. In all fairness, it is probably just a hoax.

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