Businesses throughout the 24/680, the East Bay, the Bay Area and the nation received alarming, threatening emails Thursday informing them that explosives placed in their businesses would detonate if specified ransom demands were not met.
None of the threats bore out though police were kept busy comforting some owners – both frantic and angered by the threats.
The threats appear to be from the same source, still undetermined, and mailed to businesses, police department, civic agencies, and others in an obviously deliberate cyber extortion campaign.
It is not immediately known if anyone actually paid the extortionists, who often demanded their ransom in Bitcoin and other untraceable crypto-currencies.
Cant take them seriously when they spell detonate = detnate. Takes all the threat out of it.