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Bitcoin Bomb Threat Scam

12/14/2018 12:00:00 PM

On December 13, 2018, numerous businesses, schools, and other types of establishments across the world have reported an emailed bomb threat scam where bitcoin ransoms are demanded in exchange for not detonating a supposed bomb. The Enterprise Security team has not been made aware of any Cox employees receiving such threats, but want you to know that we take these events very seriously.

Law enforcement agencies have been investigating these threats and have deemed them to be non-credible at this time. 

If you are a recipient of these Bitcoin bomb threat emails, please follow these tips:

  • Do not respond to the email;
  • Do not try to contact the sender;
  • Do not pay the ransom;
  • Preserve the original email;
  • Promptly forward the email of concern to: for CCI, CMG, CEI and for CAI. Contact your CSC to report all other suspected cybersecurity incidents.

Recognizing suspicious activity or a potential threat can be a challenge. Phishing scams and attempted cyber-attacks come in many forms. Good awareness with a healthy dose of caution is the key. Take the time to learn what attacks often look like. Visit for information on this and other scams.

Our teams will continue to monitor this situation and advise further action if needed.­ Contact and with questions.

Posted by Cox Enterprise Security