Senior officials of the tech-giant Wipro received an anonymous email on Friday morning, warning them of a massive bio-terror attack if Rs. 500 crore wasn't paid in digital currency of bitcoins to them. The city police confirmed to The News Minute that the email was under investigation.
Binoy Valsan reports for Bangalore Mirror that the email threatened to attack all the Wipro offices in Bengaluru if the company failed to pay up Rs 500 crore in bitcoins by May 25.
The attackers threatened that they would use ricin - a natural toxin found in the seeds of the castor oil plant that can be fatal if inhaled, ingested or injected - to attack the offices, the report states.
Claiming to have a copy of the email threat, BM reported an excerpt from the communication:
â€œIt [Ricin] would be used through food served at your cafeteria, disperse it using a flying drone or even on the toilet seat or the toilet paper with which you wipe your ar*e..you get the point (sic)."
The report further states that the email was sent from the email id Ramesh2@protonmail.com and the sender threatened to dispatch "sample dose" to the company in the coming days. This is to prove that the sender wasn't fooling around, the report states.
According to the report, the sender has also attacked a link to a news report from January, that talks about the mysterious death of 2 stray dogs in a construction site in Kolkata. The sender claimed to have isolated a high-quality, beta strain of the toxin and testing it on the stray dogs, leading to their death.
Although Wipro officials were not available for comments at the time of publishing, Additional CP Crime S Ravi told TNM that a case has been registered at the cyber-crime cell at the Commissioner's office, based on a complaint from the company officials.
Refusing to divulge any details of the progress of the investigation, the senior officer said that a team has already begun the probe.
Earlier in July 2013, the Sarjapur police station received an anonymous a hand-written anonymous letter that threatened to blow up one of Wipro's branches in the city. However, this had turned out to be a hoax.