If the world of crypto-currency interests you, then you are in for an even more interesting twist than what you are used to. This is after an incident whereby scammers demanded some Bitcoin holdings be released to them failure to which they would set out to blow up some buildings and possibly kill people.
The scam caught the attention of not only those in the crypto community but the entire US government. The scam specifically revolved around some anonymous emails that demanded $20,000 worth of Bitcoin or face some mercenaries that would blow up your building.
The US National Cybersecurity and communications integration center (NCCIC) opted to advise those that had received such threats, to immediately inform the (Federal Bureau of Investigations) FBI. The NCCIC released a statement that read; “The NCCIC is aware of a worldwide email campaign targeting businesses and organizations with bomb threats,” it went on to say; “The emails claim that a device will detonate unless a ransom in Bitcoin is paid.”
Before the government acknowledged the threat emails, publications such as “Krebs on Security” has reported on the threats and had previously published a full excerpt of the threat which read; “My mercenary keeps the building under the control. If he notices any unusual behavior or emergency he will blow up the bomb” it goes on further to say; “I can withdraw my mercenary if you pay. You pay me 20.000 $ in Bitcoin and the bomb will not explode, but don’t try to cheat -I warrant you that I will withdraw my mercenary only after 3 confirmations in blockchain network.”
Such attacks have become rampant, specifically targeting crypto-currency investors and miners. Other scams such as phishing and malware attacks have also been unearthed previously and have continuously raised questions on whether crypto is safe or not.