In the US, there is currently a wave of bomb threats that also forced Infinity Ward to vacate their studio in Los Angeles. The mastermind behind it seems to demand a ransom in the form of bitcoins.
The development studio Infinity Ward was forced to evict its offices in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 13, for a bomb threat . As Kotaku reports, all employees were evacuated by the police from the building, there were apparently no injuries.
However, Infinity Ward, responsible for numerous Call of Duty games, was apparently just one of many US companies that have received a bomb threat.
Both in Los Angeles and in many other US cities, numerous attacks were announced by e-mail , according to the LAPD and the NYPD . According to the American news channel NBC News, schools, banks, libraries, news agencies and government buildings are also affected.
However, as both the New York Police and the Los Angeles Police Department report via Twitter, explosives have not yet been found on any of the threatened buildings:
The #LAPD is aware of the bomb threats being made throughout the nation. Several of those threats have been received in the Los Angeles area. We are working diligently to determine the source & credibility of these threats. We will provide more information as it becomes available
Please be advised – there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment. While this email has been sent to numerous locations, searches have been conducted and NO DEVICES have been found.
At this time, it appears that these threats are meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money. We’ll respond to each call regarding these emails to conduct a search but we wanted to share this information so the credibility of these threats can be assessed as likely NOT CREDIBLE.
Demanding $ 20,000 for bitcoins
The bomb threats are therefore not credible and should probably only cause trouble and serve as a blackmail. The e-mails with the threats contain apparently also still a ransom demand in the form of Bitcoins in the value of 20,000 US dollar . Via Twitter, even individual US citizens report that they have received such threatening e-mails.
Activision, the parent company of Infinity Ward, has not yet commented on the bomb threat and the evacuated LA office. It is not known yet whether the employees will be able to resume their work normally this Friday.