Edmonton among multiple Canadian cities investigating bomb threats

DC-area police investigate threats believed to be part of nationwide hoax

Calgary police responded to 15 locations that had received bomb threats on Thursday before determining there was no risk to the public.

Police say the email was a person threatening to detonate a bomb if ransom is not paid in the form of Bitcoin. The recipient is then instructed to make a large Bitcoin payment - sometimes to the tune of $20,000 - in order to prevent the detonation of the explosive device.

Police in Toronto said multiple threats were being investigated across the city Thursday afternoon, including one involving the busy downtown King subway station, which was evacuated.

"We are aware of threats being made in cities across the country", Rukelt Dalberis, an Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman in Los Angeles, told Reuters separately.

Meantime, law enforcement agencies across the USA have dismissed a series of threats, which they said were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money.

Some U.S. schools were closed early and others were evacuated because of the threats. Police were searching the area around the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat after a bomb threat was received by the newspaper.

While these are just another variant of the scam email campaigns that have been going around lately, such as the sextortion email campaigns, due to their threat they need to be taken seriously.

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However, there are some slight differences in the name of the explosive devices as well as in the subject line of the email. "As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant & to report suspicious activities that could represent a threat to public safety".

At this time it unclear if the threats - which have also been received at locations throughout San Francisco, at the University of Washington in Seattle, and at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, among other places - are connected.

On social media, the New York Police Department advised recipients of the emails that their searches on numerous locations have turned no bombs and that the messages are bogus.

I write you to inform you that my man has hidden the bomb (tronitrotoluene) in the building where your company is located.

They are "investigating a message received by individuals in multiple locations on campus and across the state". "They are not targeted toward any one specific sector". The large number of calls caused delays in officer response times, but police believed the threats were all part of a hoax.

Police departments across the United States also issued alerts confirming the threats had no credibility.

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