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:
— FBI Washington Field (@FBIWFO) December 13, 2018
We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city.
These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide & are NOT considered credible at this time. pic.twitter.com/GowGG4oZ9l
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) December 13, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/7omOs13Z7Q
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 13, 2018
We’re working a number of bomb threat calls in OKC. There have been similar threats called into several locations around the country. No credible threat found at this point. We encourage the public to continue to be vigilant and call with anything suspicious.
— Oklahoma City Police (@OKCPD) December 13, 2018
(1/2) At approximately 10AM this morning #SFPD responded to reports of bomb threats at numerous locations throughout the city. SFPD is responding to each location. We have received information that several other cities across the United States have received similar threats. pic.twitter.com/AEyFanZRvr
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) December 13, 2018
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?