Komal Joshi · Oct 19, 2020 . 6min read
Japan receives bomb threats demanding Bitcoin in 18 areas in last three months
Japan's various local government offices have been under attack by online extortionists, demanding bitcoin to circumvent attacks.
By Komal Joshi · Oct 13, 2020 . 5min read
Criminals are attracted to crypto as the transactions are irreversible. Further, there is no third party to decline them. Japan’s local governments have been encountering a flood of extortion attempts demanding Bitcoin from the last three months. According to Japan Today, on Monday, bomb threats have been received in at least 18 areas since July. As per the report, the extortionists demand bitcoin payments to withdraw the explosive atomic device.
Extortionists demand Bitcoin.
Moreover, the report elucidates that city halls or schools have been the subject to the threats. They frequently receive an email asking different amounts of bitcoin. In Yamagata City, the demand was 40 bitcoins, which is approximately $454,000. However, none of the Japanese victims has paid the extortionists, as per the reports.
Earlier, we reported that Japan’s several municipalities in the Kanto region received emails threatening with the sentence “Bomb the city hall”. The threats are centering 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.
Also, Cryptodose reported that crypto terrorists threatened to bomb a government office on the Japanese Island of Hokkaido. They told the authorities that if they receive the crypto ransom, they will impair the claimed explosive device. The terrorists emailed Numata Town Hall, saying that 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 be active if the officials disagreed.
Recently we observed that instead of selecting major metropolitan centres, the attackers seem to target local governments in rural areas like Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture; Saga Prefecture; Tara, and Minami, Tokushima Prefecture, among others. The report speculates that the extortion attempts are from Japan’s outskirts. However, there are no proofs to validate.
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