Buildings Evacuated After A Wave Of Bomb Threats In Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC. — Buildings evacuated after a wave of bomb threats in Charlotte, surrounding areas and around the country. Universities, courthouses, newspapers among the locations receiving email threats. CMPD says they responded to 16 threats that all turned out to be a hoax.
Shelley White was skeptical when she read an email that was threatening to bomb where she worked, if they didn’t pay up.
“It had some things in it that looked you know suspicious. They asked for $20,000 in Bitcoin,” says White.
White didn’t take any chances, the email triggering evacuations and fear.
“We expected this, because bad guys will keep trying new ways to make money, and fear is a great motivator to make money,” says cyber security expert Jefferson Pike with Fortalice Solutions.
Pike says these cyber criminals will flood random businesses with threatening emails, expecting at least a few of them to pay. Thursday, CMPD says 16 locations in Charlotte were targets between around 1:30 p.m and 4 p.m. There were no suspicious packages or devices located.
The first threat in the Charlotte area, the VUE Apartments on North Pine Street in Uptown. Then, the Children and Family Services Center on East Fifth Street.
There were three emails sent to businesses in York County, two in Union County and three in Watauga County. Along with hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S.
“It is a nationwide issue across multiple cities, so we’re working with our federal partners to identify the individual or individuals responsible for this,” says CMPD Lt. Brad Koch.
Pike says these types of crimes could become more popular in the near future, “It’s cheap, it’s easy to do it’s a lot safer for a bad guy to attack someone without ever being seen.”
He says these criminals are most likely from out of the country.