Some were evacuated as a result. As an example, the Baker County Sheriff’s Office confirms Fraser Memorial Hospital and Frank Wells Nursing home have both been evacuated.”Please be advised – there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment,” the NYPD tweeted around 3pm ET on Thursday. “While this email has been sent to numerous locations, searches have been conducted and NO DEVICES have been found.” The extortion emails demand that recipients send $20,000 in Bitcoin to particular a Bitcoin address. Failure to do so by the end of the working day, the emails stated, would result in that person’s workplace being blown up by an explosive device.
The FBI released this statement: “We are aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance. As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety.” Similar threats have also been reported outside the US in Canada and New Zealand. No Bitcoin payments have been made in relation to the emails. Following the news, bitcoin slumped to fresh lows, down more than 6%, to near $3,300 a coin. Thursday’s selling had the cryptocurrency contending with its lowest level in over a year. Bitcoin, the largest digital currency by market value, has lost half of its value since November 14.