Blackmailers Threaten To Unleash Ebola If They Don’t Receive Ransom

The Czech government has received emails from people threatening to infect the public with Ebola unless a ransom of one million euros in Bitcoin is paid.

The anonymous blackmailers claim to have obtained the virus from Liberia and warn that if their demands aren’t met, Ebola will be unleashed in Prague and then to the rest of the EU nation.

The emails request that the money, which amounts to about $1.27 million, be divided into three separate payments, the first of which was due on Monday, according to the Daily Mail.

The second payment was supposed to be paid on Wednesday, with the last to be exchanged for the biological weapon.

The email reads,

If you don’t answer this letter, we will send press releases to media and inform people on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to let them know how negligent the Czech offices are.

Czech police have investigated the emails and have decided not to treat them as a legitimate threat, despite the blackmailers’ ability to reach the most powerful politicians in the country.

Czech police president deputy Zdenek Laube said,

The only intention of the blackmailers is to cause a panic.

Detectives have failed to trace the source of the emails, however, saying they were sent through highly advanced methods of communication.

Bitcoin is extremely difficult to trace as well, leaving no trail of transactions while allowing users to access accounts anywhere in the world.

The Czech Republic has had a few Ebola scares but no confirmed cases, Yahoo! News reports.

The country’s prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, said authorities are very careful not to induce hysteria.

He said,

This is a shocking misuse of the current public concern over Ebola in Europe. The government doesn’t want to underestimate the situation but we don’t want to overestimate it though.

The blackmailers could face up tot 12 years in jail if they are identified.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.