Mass email hoax causes closures across the US and Canada

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A tsunami of emailed bomb threats is prompting closures at hospitals, schools, public transit agencies, and business across the US and Canada.
Word of the emails surfaced Thursday morning in tweets such as this one:

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 pic.twitter.com/sn0vVLwe6v
— Ryan William Grant (@TheeRyanGrant) December 13, 2018

And this one:
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Dozens of Bomb Threats Reported Across America In Apparent Bitcoin Ransom Scam

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: On Wednesday afternoon, a wave of bomb threats were reported at various locations across the United States. On social media, numerous law enforcement departments issued alerts notifying citizens that they’re looking into bomb threats targeting businesses, schools, government offices and even private residents. It appears the threats are being sent by email. NBC News said “dozens” of threats had been reported, but the full extent of these threats is not yet clear. A number of news organizations and law enforcement agencies report remarkably similar sounding emails mentioning a bitcoin ransom of $20,000. And some Twitter users have shared emails they’ve received demanding the cryptocurrency and warning that an explosion would only encourage others to pay up. NBC News quoted the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau’s brief statement on the investigation: “We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various


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Bitcoin ransoms just are not what they used to be

The people behind a rash of bomb threats made across the United States and Canada on Thursday demanded a $20,000 ransom to be paid in bitcoin. Authorities said none of the threats – emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools – appeared credible.


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