Institutions across several cities in North America received a serious of mysterious threats today. Among the Canadian cities affected are Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.
Police in Ottawa have confirmed the receipt of multiple threats.
In Toronto, meanwhile, according to Narcity, five TTC stations have been evacuated in response to similar threats.
All menacing messages were sent by email and included strange requests for bitcoin payments, according to the Ottawa Police. Thankfully, police in the capital have determined that the threats are "unfounded."
The unfounded e-mail threat to local business and individuals is demanding a bit coin payment.— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) December 13, 2018
If you have been the recipient of such an e-mail threat, please do not respond to the bit coin demand.
Please make a report with the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300.#ottnews https://t.co/LKR6qC5dlr
The Montreal police have yet to release a statement, but a spokesperson acknowledged to TVA that the agency had received similar emails and is investigating them accordingly.
Police in New York, where businesses also received a series of warnings, have concluded that the threats are meant only "to cause disruption and/or obtain money" and are therefore "NOT CREDIBLE."
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.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 13, 2018
It appears that there is no threat to the public.
This post will be updated with information as it becomes available.