Mukilteo schools receive cyber threat involving Bitcoin

Schools and businesses nationwide received similar message, deemed a hoax
By Brandon Gustafson | Dec 19, 2018

Multiple Mukilteo schools were part of nationwide cyber threats involving paying a ransom in Bitcoin last Thursday.

The threats were sent to many schools and businesses all across the country, as well as parts of Canada and New Zealand, according to multiple reports. Some schools and businesses in various parts of the country were evacuated as a safety precaution, but the threats were deemed a hoax.

Mukilteo School District spokesperson Andy Muntz said that the threat received was “generic” and the origin of the threats was traced to a sender overseas.

Muntz said a staff member at the Sno-Isle Skills Center was the first employee who received a message containing a threat.

“We immediately called law enforcement and, in the meantime, heard that people at several other locations also received similar messages and that organizations throughout the United States were getting them, as well,” Muntz said.

“As a result, knowing that and having learned other information about the messages that I’d rather not get into, we were confident pretty much from the outset that the messages weren’t credible.”

Muntz sent an email Thursday afternoon to Mukilteo School District parents, updating them on the situation.

Here is the email from Muntz:

“This is to let you know that several locations within the Mukilteo School District received email messages this morning that appear to be generic and outline a threat that would occur unless the school district pays a certain ransom in Bitcoins.

“We have notified law enforcement and the matter is being investigated. We understand that other organizations throughout the United States have received similar threats today and that the origin of these threats has been traced to a sender at an overseas location.

“While we believe these threats are not credible, we have asked our staff members to remain vigilant and to notify their administrator if they receive a threatening email or see or hear of anything that is unusual.”




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