Bomb threat email recipients urged to contact police

Bomb threat email recipients urged to contact police

Bomb threat email recipients urged to contact police

Use caution, remain alert and immediately contact your local police.

"New Zealanders have reported receiving threatening emails that claim an explosive device is hidden in the recipient's office, and will be detonated unless an amount of ransom in bitcoin is paid".

CERT says while it is likely to be an opportunistic scam, the police are treating the emails as real threats until confirmed otherwise.

The threats apparently stem from a mass email where an unknown writer demands bitcoin in exchange for safety. If you have been the recipient of such an e-mail threat, please do not respond to the bit coin demand.

"We have received information that several other cities across the United States have received similar threats", police said.

Calgary Police Service said it responded to 15 locations before determining there was no risk to the public.

A threat in the area of King subway station prompted officials to close down and evacuate passengers just before 3:30 p.m.

The threat was determined not to be credible.

Numerous businesses receiving threats claim the emails demand money in bitcoins and included the subject line "Think Twice".

We weren't able to connect the cryptocurrency wallet address in the above email to any transactions, and law enforcement agents searching buildings where threats have been reported have so far found no explosives. But authorities across the USA have yet to find any explosive device related to threats yet.

The bomb threats also prompted evacuations at city hall in Aurora, Illinois, the offices of the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, a suburban Atlanta courthouse and businesses in Detroit.

Penn State issued an alert for the University Park campus at 2:14 p.m. stating that University Police and the FBI were investigating threats to campus buildings.

At this time it unclear if the threats - which have also been received at locations throughout San Francisco, at the University of Washington in Seattle, and at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, among other places - are connected.

One person who received the emailed threat at an unidentified location posted a copy on Twitter. "As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to the public".

"MPD is investigating these threats with our federal law enforcement partners". One is at an apartment building and the other is at a building with multiple businesses.

The university later told students via a text message that the threat appeared to be part of a "national hoax".

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