scam_of_the_week-1  - scam of the week 1 - [Heads-up] New Email Extortion Scam Bomb Threat Demands BitcoinA new is making the rounds, threatening that someone has planted bombs within the recipient’s building that will be detonated unless a hefty ransom is paid by the end of the business day.

The email was reported to KnowBe4 via a number of sources, including the (free) Phish Alert Button. It appears that the Bitcoin address was different in each message, indicating a higher level of automation than normal. This is essentially a variant of the recent sextortion strains that are doing the rounds.

This is likely to be very disruptive, some organizations receiving will have no choice but to treat this as a credible and go into lockdown like banks and school districts. This is a developing story, more will undoubtedly follow.  Here is the of one version of the extortion email:

My man carried a (Hexogen) into the building where your company is located. It is constructed under my direction. It can be hidden anywhere because of its small size, it is not able to damage the supporting building structure, but in the case of its detonation you will get many victims.


My mercenary keeps the building under the control. If he notices any unusual behavior or emergency he will blow up the bomb.


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.


Here is my Bitcoin address : 1GHKDgQX7hqTM7mMmiiUvgihGMHtvNJqTv


You have to solve problems with the transfer by the end of the workday. If you are late with the money explosive will explode.


This is just a business, if you don’t send me the money and the explosive device detonates, other commercial enterprises will transfer me more money, because this isnt a one-time action.


I wont visit this email. I check my Bitcoin wallet every 35 min and after seeing the money I will order my recruited person to get away.

If the explosive device explodes and the authorities notice this letter: We are not terrorists and dont assume any responsibility for explosions in other buildings.

I suggest you send the following to your . You’re welcome to copy, paste, and/or edit:

The bad guys are getting very threatening with extortion scams. They now send you an email that looks like a bomb threat and they claim there is an explosive device in the building which will detonate unless you pay bitcoin. This threat is being sent to literally millions of people, so the likelihood that it real is very small. However, we cannot take any risks and please treat this threat as follow our organization’s security policy, and do not answer or forward this email. Think Before You Click!  [OPTIONAL]  Click on the Phish Alert Button to delete it from your inbox and at the same time alert IT about this scam.

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