Bitcoin Bomb Threat

December 13, 2018, e-mail threat to various healthcare agencies in North Dakota

Spammers have sent a wave of threats to businesses, schools, and other healthcare facilities across the nation demanding bitcoin in exchange for not detonating a supposed bomb. There is no evidence of any actual explosives being placed or detonated, but it has still caused numerous evacuations and law enforcement investigations. Police are investigating the potential threats and asking recipients to exercise caution.

On Thursday, Dec. 13, several bomb threats were made via email to various healthcare agencies in North Dakota demanding payment in the form of bitcoin by a deadline. Please review the attached Bomb Threat Guidance.  If your facility receives such a threat, contact local law enforcement. Forward the threatening message to ndslic@nd.gov. Print, photograph or copy the message and subject line; and note the date and time. Work with local law enforcement to conduct a threat assessment. This information has been compiled for your situational awareness.

DHS/DOJ Bomb Threat Guidance Brochure (pdf)

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