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Special Message from Carlos Fernandez, Viacom Chief Global Security Officer
Just wanted to make you aware of the below notification from NYPD. An Email chain has been distributed to numerous locations throughout the city recently. In addition, we have been notified that these threat have been sent nationally. The Email requests payments in Bitcoin or a bomb will be detonated at the location. There are no confirmed devices at any locations according to NYPD. The NYPD is conducting an investigation to see if they can identify the responsible individual or group(s). Should anyone receive an email threat as noted below, please email us at ViacomGlobalSecurity@viacom.com.
From: CTSHIELD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:23 PM
Subject: Citywide Email Threats
NYPD SHIELD has been notified that an Email chain has been distributed to numerous locations throughout the city. The Email requests payments in Bitcoin or a bomb will be detonated at the location. There are no confirmed devices at any locations. The NYPD is conducting an investigation.
United States, Canada: Remain vigilant, follow official directives during wave of hoax bomb threats
Last Updated: 14 Dec 2018 17:12 (GMT)
Further hoax bomb alerts are possible across the US and Canada after numerous threats were emailed to organizations on 13-14 December demanding crypto-currency payments to avoid explosions. The evacuation of buildings in response has caused varying degrees of disruption, with the most significant cases including the cordoning off of a major plaza in Raleigh (North Carolina state, US) and the closure of a subway station in Toronto (Ontario province, Canada). While the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other authorities have thus far deemed the threats 'not credible', members should remain vigilant in the coming days and follow all official directives.
Threats were received from New York City (New York state) to San Francisco (California state) in the US, and in Toronto, the capital Ottawa and Montreal (Quebec province) in Canada. The FBI and other bodies are still investigating the threats, which were sent from a spoofed email address. No explosives have been found at any of the sites affected.
In Toronto, near the city center was closed for several hours on 13 December after a threat was made against it. On the same day in Raleigh, hundreds were forced to evacuate . On 14 December in central Detroit (Michigan State, US), the was evacuated and the nearby placed on lockdown until authorities gave the all clear.
Even if they turn out to be hoaxes, all further incidents will prompt a similarly serious response from the police and emergency services, including the lockdown or evacuation of affected premises and closure of nearby roads. Travel disruption from such access restrictions is likely to be the main impact for travelers.
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Updated – 12/14/18