Dimwitted bomb threat scam fails to pay off

A flurry of bomb “threats” across the US on Thursday. NBC News:

A wave of bomb threats were reported Thursday against businesses, schools, hospitals and other places across the country — causing panic and evacuations, although all appeared to be hoaxes.

Police in cities nationwide reported threats, some emailed, some phoned in.

The FBI in a statement said they were “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.

Thankfully, none of the threats have been credible, with no packages found. Almost immediately police forces were treating this as an obvious scam, based in part on the laughably-constructed email issuing the threat.

The note demanded $20,000-worth of Bitcoin by the end of the day. At 2pm PT, looking at the Bitcoin wallet details (which I won’t repeat here), not a single ransom has been paid.