WBOC's Salisbury offices had to be evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a bomb threat hoax that authorities say has targeted other businesses on Delmarva as well as many other locations across the country. In a tweet, USF police said the agency was "working a number of bomb threat calls from emails sent on campus".
However, police across the country have urged that "the email is not a credible threat", according to a notice sent out to University of Washington staff.
The person or persons making the threats, are demanding a sum of Bitcoin be sent to a wallet address, or are threatening to detonate a bomb, potentially harming many in the process. Law enforcement has to investigate each report, businesses have to shut down during the investigation, and threats of physical harm can cause extreme stress for the recipient, their coworkers, family, and friends.
- Reports of bomb threats have forced evacuations and lockdowns at schools, businesses, and government buildings across the country Thursday, but numerous nation's biggest law enforcement agencies seem to have concluded the threats were a hoax. There have been no evacuations and the bomb squad was not called in.
Montreal police say five businesses have been emailed bomb threats that appear to be hoaxes.
That statement echoed one issued by the New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau, which stated, "We are now monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city".
The Alberta RCMP issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying the threats came with a demand for a Bitcoin, and asked anyone who received an email threat not to respond to the demands.
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The Vermont State Police and local police departments have responded to the locations "by doing what is necessary to make sure no device is going off", Silverman said.
Happening now-We're on scene investigating bomb threats at two Hingham businesses (1 Derby St. and 33 Central St.).
"Similar threats are being received across the continent and are believed to be connected".
The source of all problems is a spam campaign that got underway today, and which was sent to millions of email inboxes, primarily in the US.
"The San Francisco Police Department's special investigations division is charged with investigating bomb threats and they will be taking over these cases".
The Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois, posted on Twitter that the bomb threat received by employees earlier was not deemed credible and did not compromise patient care. Near Atlanta, people were ushered out of a courthouse.
"We have received information that several other cities across the United States have received similar threats", police said.