Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in India received a bomb threat on Thursday, with an anonymous sender demanding $1 million in Bitcoin (BTC) within 48 hours.
The threatening email, originating from the address email@example.com, was directed to the feedback inbox of Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) at approximately 11:06 am.
The message explicitly warned of an imminent explosion at Terminal 2 unless the specified Bitcoin amount was transferred within the given timeframe.
Security measures were promptly heightened at the airport in response to the threat.
Case Registered Against the Unknown Sender
Local police have registered a case against the unknown sender, initiating investigations into the incident.
MIAL executive Vismay Pathak, who reported the threat, disclosed, “I was at the quality and customer care center in the airport when I came across the threat mail. The mail threatened to blow up the airport within 48 hours if the ransom was not paid,” Times of India reported.
Efforts to trace the origin of the threat have commenced, with police tracking the internet protocol (IP) address used to send the menacing email.
The cyber section of the police station is actively working to identify the person behind the threat.
A case has been registered under sections 385 (Putting 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 the public tranquility) of the Indian Penal Code.
Authorities are working diligently to ensure the protection of both travelers and staff. As the situation develops, Mumbai’s airport remains on high alert, with authorities focused on tracing the individual responsible for the threatening communication.
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