December 14 – Alert: Fake Bomb Threat Emails

Details: The information Security Office has received reports that many other universities are receiving bomb threats demanding payments via bitcoin. InfoSec has communicated with WUPD and have been informed that these threats are the latest in a long line of fake threats attempting to make money. An example email can be found below.

Action: If you receive any email threatening violence unless payments are made, do not respond, and notify the Information Security Office at infosec@wustl.edu. We will then inform WUPD.

 

Example Email:


Subject: Your building is under my control

Good day.  My recruited person hid the explosive device (Hexogen) in the building where your business is located. My mercenary assembled an explosive device according to my guide. It  is small and it is covered up very carefully, it is impossible to destroy the structure of the building by my explosive device, but if it detonates you will get many wounded people.

My recruited person keeps the building under the control. If any strange behavioror emergency is noticed the device will be exploded.

I can call off my mercenary if you pay. You pay me 20.000 dollars in Bitcoin and the device will not detonate, but do not try to cheat -I ensure you that I have to withdraw my mercenary solely after 3 confirmations in blockchain network. 

My payment details (Bitcoin address): 1DKej2QVvLWf2B8kJpqvnUGycmoS3Rm7C9

You must pay me by the end of the workday, if you are late with the transaction explosive will explode.

Nothing personal, if I do not receive the money and the explosive device explodes, next time other commercial enterprises will send me more money, because it isnt a one-time action.

To stay anonimous I will no longer enter this email account. I check my Bitcoin wallet every thirty min and after receiving the bitcoins I will give the command to my recruited person to leave your area.

If a bomb blows up and the authorities notice this message:

We arent terrorists and dont assume responsibility for explosions in other buildings.