The American authorities confirmed the existence of emails, by which criminals threaten the organizations terrorist attacks, and demand a ransom in bitcoins, and offered his own solution to this problem.
The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) related to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, said that such a letters really sent by cyber criminals in different countries. Even some Twitter users complained of threats, showing screenshots of letters to their readers.
One of the employees NCCIC said:
"The letter stated that the building of the organization will be blown up, if she doesn't pay the ransom in Bitcoin. The attackers are strongly advise to victims not to call the police".
Letters usually contain the following text:
"My man have mined the building of your company with the help of hexogen. I can give my mercenary command "abort", if you pay the money. To avoid undermining the building, pay me 20 thousand dollars in Bitcoin. Do not try to deceive me! After I see three transactions in the network of the blockchain, i will withdraw my mercenary".
In this regard, the NCCIC recommends that citizens take the following steps: upon detection of such messages in their electronic mailboxes they should not try to contact the sender or pay the ransom. Instead, the Agency was asked to report these emails to the local FBI field office or the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
The mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser, in turn, has officially confirmed that the Metropolitan Police Department is holding her in the course of an investigation involving multiple threats of terrorist acts throughout the US, including DC.
Muriel Bowser said:
"Every threat of a terrorist attack, coupled with a ransom in Bitcoin, send on e-mail. However, we do not know how many people have met the demands of criminals and transferred them money. At the moment the Metropolitan Police Department and their colleagues from Federal law enforcement agencies are investigating these threats. It is noteworthy that this is also a problem faced by the residents of other cities in the United States. I therefore appeal to all Americans: if you are threatened to activate an explosive device, demanding a ransom, or did you just see suspicious activity, call 911".
At the same time it became known that the government agencies of New Zealand and Australia, dealing with issues of cybersecurity, will also conduct an investigation regarding the emails with the threats of terrorist attacks, and a ransom in bitcoins.