Authorities search for sender of global email bomb threats
- The recipient would receive an email saying that there was a hidden bomb that would detonate unless the sender received a Bitcoin ransom, New Zealand police said.
- CNN has learned that over more than three months, academic institutions, federal and state law enforcement agencies, gun stores, and municipal offices in more than a dozen states received threatening emails deemed hoaxes by law enforcement authorities.
- In a warning reviewed by CNN, the FBI recently shared information with law enforcement authorities nationally about the prior emails sent through an email service called "Guerilla Mail" that masks the identities of senders.
- The Chicago Police Department received 15 to 20 reports of emailed threats in the past few hours, according to Officer Jennifer Bryk.
- New Zealand authorities are aware of three similar incidents of threatening emails demanding ransoms of Bitcoin, according to a New Zealand police spokesperson.
YouTube took down 58 million videos in Q3 2018
- Government officials and interest groups in the United States, Europe, and Asia have been pressuring YouTube, Facebook, and other social media services to quickly identify and remove extremist and hateful content that critics have said incite violence.
- As with past quarters, most of the removed content was spam, YouTube said.
- Automated detection tools help YouTube quickly identify spam, extremist content and nudity.
- Automated detection technologies for those policies are relatively new and less efficient, so YouTube relies on users to report potentially problematic videos or comments.
- The third-quarter removal data for the first time revealed the number of YouTube accounts Google disabled for either having three policy violations in 90 days or committing what the company found to be an egregious violation, such as uploading child pornography.
- Nearly 80 percent of the channel takedowns related to spam uploads, YouTube said.
Bomb threats made at Columbine High School, site of
- The calls were made about 9:20 a.m. claiming multiple bombs were inside and the caller was waiting outside the school with a gun.
- Authorities conducted a search, found no suspects, and decided the threat was baseless about 12:45 p.m., the sheriff's office said.
- On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, shot dead 12 fellow students and one teacher at the school in Littleton, Colorado.
- The pair then killed themselves in the school library.
- Authorities did not link Thursday's threat at Columbine to dozens of institutions across the United States and Canada receiving emailed bomb threats, causing evacuations and searches of buildings.
- Friday is the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook killings, when Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother and then gunned down 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, before killing himself.
Cryptocurrency scammers target schools, hospitals, government offices with bomb threats
- A dangerous email scam appears to be targeting businesses, schools, hospitals, and government buildings across the US in an attempt to extort bitcoin (BTC) with a bomb threat.
- We are aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance.
- We weren’t able to connect the cryptocurrency wallet address in the above email to any transactions, and law enforcement agents searching buildings where threats have been reported have so far found no explosives.
- However, as the FBI warns, it’s still important to take any bomb threat seriously and to report suspicious activity or emails to the authorities immediately.
- NBC News reports authorities continue to investigate bomb threats in Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and California.
Canada says another citizen is being questioned in China
- Canada's Foreign Ministry said it has been unable to contact Canadian businessman Michael Spavor since he notified the government that he was being questioned by Chinese authorities.
- Authorities in China are already holding former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was detained on Monday.
- Foreign ministry spokesman Guillaume Berube said in a statement issued in Canada late on Wednesday the missing Canadian was Spavor, a businessman who is based in the northern Chinese city of Dandong and who runs cultural exchanges with North Korea.
- Canada was working hard to ascertain Spavor's whereabouts and would continue to raise the issue with the Chinese government, Berube said.
- Authorities in China are already holding former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was detained on Monday.
- But Canadian diplomatic experts have said they have no doubt the two cases are linked.
Christmas market gunman cried 'Allahu Akbar,' prosecutor says
- Strasbourg, France (CNN) - A gunman who opened fire near a popular Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg shouted the Arabic phrase "Allahu Akbar," meaning "God is greater," at the time of the attack and was also carrying a knife, a Paris prosecutor said Wednesday.
- The suspected gunman, who was previously identified by CNN affiliate BFM as a 29-year-old male born in Strasbourg, was on a French watch list called a "Fiche S" surveillance file.
- Castaner told reporters Wednesday that the suspect was known to police authorities in France and Germany for non-terror related offenses.
- Strasbourg, a picturesque city of about 300,000 in France's Grand Est region on the border with Germany, has previously been at the center of French counter terrorism operations.
West Virginia authorities search for three people trapped in abandoned mine
- Four individuals were reported missing Saturday after an abandoned ATV they were believed to be riding was found near the entrance of a mine in Clear Creek, according to a statement from the office of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.
- One of the four emerged from the mine alive and on his own late Monday night, the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said.
- The man said that the three people left trapped were alive and gave authorities details on their location, according to Justice's office.
- The search and rescue team includes the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training; West Virginia National Guard; West Virginia State Police; Raleigh County Sheriff's Office; Boone County Sheriff's Office and mine officials.
- According to Justice, this is the second trespassing incident at an abandoned mine reported in the last two weeks.
Facebook HQ buildings evacuated due to a bomb scare
- A few buildings in Facebook‘s main campus in Menlo Park, California, were evacuated due to a bomb scare just a few hours ago.
- Menlo Park authorities issued an alert at 5 PM local time, asking people to stay clear from block 200 of Jefferson Park.
- These buildings host some Facebook and Instagram employees.
- Menlo Park Police Department confirmed on Twitter that it’s investigating a bomb threat at the venue.
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- The New York Police Department’s Crimestopper unit got the warning about the bomb threat first, which relayed the information to local authorities.
- Facebook confirmed in an email that it has evacuated some of the buildings and everyone is safe.
- We’ll update the story if there are further developments.
Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Granted Bail in Canada in Extradition Case That Has Roiled U.S.-China Relations
- Canadian authorities granted a request for bail to Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial office of Huawei, who was detained at the request of the U.S. Meng has been held since Dec. 1, awaiting an extradition hearing.
- Huawei is a prominent Chinese company, and her arrest has roiled relations between China and both Canada and the U.S. The U.S. alleges that Huawei, a Chinese-based manufacturer of telecom products and consumer electronics, directed sales of U.S.-originating components to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.
- Authorities have highlighted Meng’s role, accusing her at a bail hearing on Dec. 7 of managing the evasion through a company called Skycom.
- Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, was arrested in Vancouver, B.C, while changing flights between her home city of Hong Kong and Mexico.