Crypto scam email has taken a new trend from the threat to shut down a system or leak secret information to bomb threat. This comes along with a demand of $20k for an installed bomb not to be detonated. Bleepingcomputer.com reported this on the 13th of December.
Bomb Threat Crypto Scam Email
A bomb threat, crypto scam email demanding for $20k has become trending in the United States of America and some other countries, as law enforcement agencies are making efforts to track down the source of the email and the personality behind it.
The content of the email contains a threat that a device is hidden in the recipient’s building and an attempt to be heroic or use the rescue service will complicate the situation.
The explosive is stated in the mail to be made by a mercenary from lead aside, trinitrotoluene and some other materials and has been planted inside the building. The mail further states that if the demand of $20,000 in Bitcoin is not met before the end of the day, the device will be detonated.
As reported, a security researcher named defender on Twitter informed bleepingcomputer that they have already captured over 15,000 samples of the mail since about 12:48 PM EST, but the rate has started to slow down. Defender further noted that the mails originate from Russia while the majority of them comes from 194.58.x.x IP range and some from 193.124.x.x. Notably, the IP addresses noted are 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, and 18.104.22.168.
Further, defender stated that the mail is not only sent to the united states of America only, but it has also been sent to firms in Canada, UK, NL, Switzerland, and Sweden. The malicious act is being perpetrated with different Bitcoin wallet address.
The Police Reaction
The recent crypto bomb scam threat differs from the prominent sextortion and ransomware. Its relation to the bomb makes it more scary and dangerous.
According to the new york police, it will make efforts to investigate every call received about the situation. This was noted in a tweet posted on the 13th December that;
“At this time, it appears that these threats are meant to cause disruption and 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.”
The stress involved in investigating a bomb threat could make many business close operation as the police will be making efforts to investigate the malicious trend.