Den Bitcoin-Ransomware Erpessern scheint es langweilig zu werden. Soeben erscheinen bei diversen Nachrichten Agenturen und auf Twitter erschreckende Meldungen: In mehreren US-Bundesstaaten wurden Dutzende von ähnlichen, per E-Mail versendeten Bombendrohungen, gemeldet. Dies führt zu zu Panik und Evakuierungen. Die Erpresser fordern Zahlungen in Bitcoin. Ansonsten drohen sie mit vielen Opfern.
Die meisten waren per E-Mail an scheinbar zufälligen Orten wie Schulen, Geschäften, Geschäften, Anwaltskanzleien und sogar einem Zoo bedroht. Bislang sind Berichte über Bombendrohungen und Forderungen in New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Louisiana, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Utah, Kalifornien, Illinois und Mississipp eingegangen:
Wave of Bomb Threats: Scores of similar bomb threats reported across Chicagoland and USA prompting some evacuations. Email threats demanding bitcoin ransom. Public building, businesses. Law enforcement doesn’t think there are actual bombs.
— ChuckGoudie (@ChuckGoudieABC7) December 13, 2018
#BREAKING Employees at the Penticton Honda, Penticton Hyundai, and Skaha Ford have been evacuated due to an alleged #provincewide bomb threat. Follow @PentictonNews for more updates pic.twitter.com/eXMCfVGk9x
— Jordyn Thomson (@JordynThomson01) December 13, 2018
Dozens of businesses, schools, government buildings, hospitals and other offices around the country have been evacuated after a bomb threat email demanding a Bitcoin payment was sent out nationwide: https://t.co/GQ0chXveYb #breaking pic.twitter.com/scANeNl5YV
— Tom Cleary (@tomwcleary) December 13, 2018
The Bitcoin-spam-scammers have moved on from fake blackmail threats to fake bomb threats. So far no-one’s paid anything to the address, and I suspect it’ll stay that way. pic.twitter.com/N5MOdmu8Jm
— Tom Scott (@tomscott) December 13, 2018
*sigh* bitcoin spam has moved from extortion (I’ll tell everyone what kind of porn you watch) to bomb threats… lovely
— goozbach (@goozbach) 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
Several area businesses are receiving what appears to be a robo-email saying there is a bomb threat to their business unless they pay money in Bitcoins. We have found no credible evidence any of these emails are authentic. See CRPD Facebook for more details. #Scam
— Cedar Rapids Police (@CR_Police) December 13, 2018