Dutch police are responding to a spate of letter bombs despatched to workplaces throughout the nation as a part of a Bitcoin extortion plot.
On Thursday, a letter bomb prompted a small explosion at an ING Financial institution workplace in Amsterdam, Reuters reports. Simply hours earlier, authorities disarmed one delivered to an workplace of US tech agency Unisys, positioned close to Utrecht.
The incidents comply with the explosion of two letter bombs on Wednesday, one at ABN Amro financial institution’s Amsterdam mail-sorting workplace, and one other within the Kerkide mailroom of Japanese electronics agency Ricoh, near the Germany border.
Fortunately, no person was harmed in any case.
Bitcoin extortion plot tied to January’s letter bombs
Authorities mentioned Wednesday’s packages had not been equally labeled. They urged mail recipients ought to be cautious of thick white envelopes despatched with two stamps, and have a printed piece of white paper with the supply and return addresses in plastic hooked up.
The working police concept connects the bombs not solely to one another, however to the same marketing campaign that threatened companies throughout the Netherlands in January. The individual sending them reportedly makes ransom calls for for undisclosed quantities of Bitcoin BTC cryptocurrency.
Precisely what the Bitcoin extortionist is demanding of their ransom observe is but to be disclosed, however it appears they threaten to proceed sending letter bombs till they obtain cost.
No clear line appears to attach the bomber’s targets, both. Whereas this week has certainly seen two banks hit, January’s incidents included letter bombs despatched to an actual property agent, a automotive dealership, a gasoline station, and two inns, nonetheless none of these really detonated.
In truth, this week’s letters are the primary to really go off, after police efficiently intercepted all different packages in time. Wednesday’s explosives have been reportedly solely the dimensions of small fireworks, and would trigger nonfatal accidents to anybody who may be dealing with them.
There was additionally a third suspicious bundle discovered at an ABN Amro department in Maastricht on Wednesday. The New York Times reported that an worker known as police after coming throughout a “bizarre wanting” parcel, however all it contained was a non-threatening pc mouse.
Printed February 13, 2020 — 14:38 UTC