Hoax Email Bomb Threats Sent to Businesses, Schools, Hospitals in 12 States

By Faye Higbee

The New York Police Department Counter Terrorism Unit and the FBI are monitoring email bomb threats sent to numerous locations across the city and 12 states nationwide. The threats prompted evacuations and tension as police and bomb techs combed the locations for any sign of devices. They found none.

The emails demanded payment from businesses, schools, and hospitals in bitcoins. They were sent to several locations in California, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah.

Here is an example of one of the messages:

According to Fox News, the “wave” of email threats appears to be a hoax. But in order for someone- or multiple someones – to pull this off, a great deal of  coordination and research for email addresses went into it. Tying up this many emergency services for checking out all these addresses is also concerning. And “bitcoin” in the emails is another issue altogether. Was this person a dummy to think that anyone would believe the massive amount of emails and suddenly fork over a large amount of bitcoin? Or was it conditioning for something else?