If I had a separate category for ‘miscellaneous extortion’ this hoax might belong there. Not just a hoax, but one that centres on extortion, though it looks as if the point is to embarrass/harass the apparent sender of the extortion email (the Michigan company VELT) rather than actually make a direct profit from extortion. The company’s CEO told the BBC that the attacker was probably a Minecraft player who had been banned from using the Veltpvp server, by way of revenge.
The Guardian: School bomb threats: more than 400 schools in England receive hoax warnings “Police say threats contained in emails are not credible and evacuations are unnecessary.”
The Telegraph: Hackers target more than 400 schools with bomb hoax.
This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog post authored by David Harley. Read the original post at: Check Chain Mail and Hoaxes