The Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (WSIC) is currently monitoring a nationwide influx of email-style bomb threats being sent to government and private sector entities across the state. The WSIC is unaware of any legitimate events resulting from the threats but is monitoring the situation closely.
While versions of the email vary slightly, the body typically contains the following message:
Hello. There is an explosive device (Hexogen) in the building where your company is located. My mercenary built the explosive device under my direction. It can be hidden anywhere because of its small size, it is not able to damage the building structure, but in the case of its detonation you will get many victims. My recruited person is watching the situation around the building. If any unnatural behavior, panic or cop is noticed the device will be blown up. I can call off my man if you make a transfer.
You pay me 20.000 $ in BTC and the device will not detonate, but don't try to cheat -I ensure you that I will call off my man solely after 3 confirmations in blockchain. You have to pay me by the end of the working day, if you are late with the transaction the bomb will detonate. This is just a business, if I do not see the bitcoins and an explosive device detonates, next time other companies will send me more bitcoins, because this is not a one-time action. For my safety, I will no longer log into this email account. I check my address every thirty-five minutes and after seeing the transaction I will give the command to my man to leave your area.
If the bomb explodes and the authorities see this email: We are not a terrorist society and don’t assume responsibility for acts of terrorism in other buildings.
- Due to this being a nationwide threat, the legitimate risk level is considered to be LOW.
- Citizen awareness that this is a nationwide bitcoin ransom threat.
- Please contact the Barron County 911 Center if any threat is received.
RESPONSE AGENCY PREPAREDNESS
- No additional preparedness measures recommended at this time.