Monday, May 27, 2024

Mumbai airport faces bitcoin extortion

The Mumbai international airport received a threatening email on Thursday, stating that Terminal 2 would be detonated unless a $1 million Bitcoin payment occurred within 48 hours. Authorities at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) reported registering a case against an unknown person who sent the threat via the email address

According to media sources, the email explicitly warned, “This is a final warning to your airport. We will blast Terminal 2 within 48 hours unless one million dollars in Bitcoin is transferred to the address. Another alert will be after 24 Hrs.” In response, security measures at the airport were heightened, and a formal complaint was lodged with the Sahar police station. MIAL executive Vismay Pathak (36) stated in the complaint that he discovered the threat while at the airport’s quality and customer care center.

As part of the initial investigation, the police traced the email’s IP address, and the cyber section is actively working to identify the person responsible for the threat. The case has been registered under IPC sections 385 (putting a person in fear of injury to commit extortion) and 505 (1)(b) (statements made with intent to cause fear or alarm to the public or against public tranquility).

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