Surrey schools included in 'bomb hoax' email

Randolph Lopez
March 21, 2018

A feud between rival Minecraft gamers is behind a massive bomb hoax which saw 24,000 threatening emails sent to schools and colleges around the UK.

Northumbria Police confirmed that the threat was a hoax in a statement of its own.

Several schools in Sheffield received hoax emails but the council did not disclose how many.

Scotland Yard said the malicious communications were under investigation but ruled out any threat to life.

A police spokesman said it will not confirm which schools are involved because it is wide of a nationwide incident and because hoaxers thrive off publicity.

Police were called to schools across the United Kingdom on March 19, 2018, after bomb threats were sent out by email. The email was "spoofed" to look like it came from the Minecraft server VeltPvP.

Thankfully no one was hurt, and police have assured the public it does not consider these to be "viable threats".

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Northumbria police said that, "Detectives have looked into the emails - which appear to originate from the U.S. - and can confirm that there is no viable threat".

As reported by the BBC, VeltPvP immediately posted on social media and explained that they had nothing to do with the email bomb threats.

The emails demanded that $5,000 should be paid to an email address within three hours time or the attackers would "blow up the device".

According to the Mirror, the threatening emails originated from the US.

'If you do not send the money! Our site has all the information needed.

Mr Kallen told the BBC: "Every now and then we have a little rebel who will try to do something bad like this. ANY attempt at defusing it your self will cause it to explode".

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