Posted by: David Harley | March 20, 2018

Bomb hoax targeting schools

If I had a separate category for ‘miscellaneous extortion’ this hoax might belong there. Not just a hoax, but one that centres on extortion, though it looks as if the point is to embarrass/harass the apparent sender of the extortion email (the Michigan company VELT)  rather than actually make a direct profit from extortion. The company’s CEO told the BBC that the attacker was probably a Minecraft player who had been banned from using the Veltpvp server, by way of revenge.

The BBC: School bomb threats: Disgruntled Minecraft gamer ‘behind hoax’

The Guardian: School bomb threats: more than 400 schools in England receive hoax warnings “Police say threats contained in emails are not credible and evacuations are unnecessary.”

The Telegraph: Hackers target more than 400 schools with  bomb hoax.

David Harley


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