Blackmailers threaten to release Ebola unless they get €1million

Blackmailers threaten to release Ebola unless they get €1million
Published: 2014 October 30 08:55:02 (9755 Views)
Blackmailers have threatened to release the deadly Ebola virus in the Czech Republic unless its government pays them one million euros in Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is an electronic currency often preferred by blackmailers because it allows them to receive funds that cannot be frozen or reversed by conventional methods once they have been sent.

The Bond villain-style threat was issued by anonymous emails to the highest offices of the Czech government which were then passed on to the Czech media.

The blackmailers' demand warned that failure to comply with 'any of our requests will lead to the spreading of the infected material in Prague and other cities.

They wrote, 'If you don't answer this letter, we will send press releases to media and inform people on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to let them know how negligent the Czech offices are.'  

The blackmailers claim they have the Ebola virus from Liberia and they are ready to spread it if they do not get one million Euros.

They instructed officials to divide the money into three payments. The first was supposed to be paid on Monday, a second on Wednesday, and a third after they hand over the infected material.

Known as a 'cryptocurrency' because they use strong encryption to secure transactions, Bitcoins also provide anonymity.

The blackmailers can be almost anywhere in the world to receive the cash.



There has been a slowing of the spread Ebola in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the outbreak, the World Health Organisation said.

New cases in the country have been falling for more than a week, the UN health body noted. But officials warned they weren't sure if there were really fewer cases.

People may have stopped going to the hospital or overwhelmed medical staff may have simply stopped reporting them as diligently, said Bruce Aylward, the WHO's assistant director-general in charge of operational response.

'It appears the trend is real in Liberia,' Aylward said. 'There may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic there.'

According to Czech detectives the blackmailers used very sophisticated means of communication, making it difficult to trace them.

If found guilty they may be sentenced up to 12 years of jail.

Chief sanitary officer Vladimir Valenta said: 'Spreading the Ebola virus is not very probable in Czech Republic.'

He also said that possible transport of the virus to the Czech Republic is not very realistic and that the Czech climate 'excludes massive Ebola spreading'.

Czech Prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka also commented: 'This is a shocking misuse of the current public concern over Ebola in Europe.'

'The police are investigating the case. The government doesn't want to underestimate the situation but we don't want to overestimate it though.'



Source - Daily Mail

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