Bitcoin Ransom Demanded Over Bomb Threats in Japan

Several municipalities in the Japan in the Kanto region received emails threatening "Bomb the city hall", demanding crypto ransom (BTC).

By · Aug 26, 2020 . 6min read

Bitcoin Bomb threat in japan

On April 24, several municipalities in the Kanto region received emails threatening with the sentence as “Bomb the city hall”. Some cities were commanding crypto assets like bitcoins (virtual currency). As per a report published by Chunichi Shimbun, the threats are centring public entities in the Kanto region. Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture, Kazo City, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture, Kashiwa City, and Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture declared on the same day.  

 According to each city, the text specifies the date, such as August 25th or 26th. The text encompasses the sentences like “Send 30 bitcoins” to some cities. They also received messages such as “Bomb the city hall” and “Someone with a handgun shoots wildly”. The police are investigating various emails related to crypto ransom bomb threats in Japanese cities. The criminals are threatening to destroy city halls and shooting sprees.

Moreover, the state could prevent the attacks if the officials paid in Bitcoin (BTC). Each city has declared measures such as interim closing of the governmental offices and constraints on entrances and exits. Additionally, each prefectural police is investigating for suspects involved in the case.

Authorities in Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture’s Sano, Saitama Prefecture’s Kazo and Kawagoe and Kashiwa, and Kimitsu City in the Chiba Prefecture, reported that they had received email threats. However, the contents of each mail appear to be different in each case.

Crypto Terrorists Threatened Japanese Island Hokkaido

Earlier, we reported that crypto terrorists threatened to bomb a government office on the Japanese Island of Hokkaido. They told the authorities that if they pay the crypto ransom, they will impair the claimed explosive device. The terrorists emailed Numata Town Hall, saying they had installed a bomb in a women’s second-floor toilet. They insisted that officials should meet their payment demands before 03:00 UTC on June 29. The bomb would not be detonated if the officials disagreed. 

Conclusively, the threats are a firm reminder of cryptocurrency appeal to criminals. Criminals are attracted to crypto as the transactions are irreversible. Further, there is no third party to decline them. However, on the positive note, Blockchains’ immutability and public transactions can help law enforcement agencies to track down the criminals.

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