Wipro receives 'threatening' email; Rs 500 crore in bitcoins demanded as ransom; software giant steps up security

06 May 2017, 07:48 PM
Wipro receives bio-attack threat, Rs 500 crore in bitcoin demanded
Wipro receives bio-attack threat, Rs 500 crore in bitcoin demanded

After Infosys, now technology giant Wipro has received a threat letter demanding Rs 500 Crore in bitcoins as ransom. An anonymous sender demanded that payment should be made through a specific link before May 25 or else threatened to spread dangerous Ricin, a toxic protein in the campus.

The email was sent by the id, Ramesh2@protonmail.com, claimed that one kg of Ricin has already been stored and two grams would be sent in envelopes to one of  Wipro’s offices to assure that the threat is not a fake, a leading daily quoted Police sources as saying.

Meanwhile, Wipro has stepped up security following the threat.

Confirming the news, Wipro said, "We confirm that a complaint has been filed with the local law enforcement authorities after receiving a threatening letter from an unidentified source. Wipro has augmented security measures at all its office locations. There is no impact on the company's operations. We have no further comments as the investigation is ongoing."

Also Read: Anonymous parcel containing anthrax powder arrives at Infosys in Chennai, demands Rs 500 crore

On April 7, a suspicious parcel containing white powder, proclaiming it to be Anthrax was delivered at Sholinganallur office of Infosys. The letter with no name arrived with powder sprinkled on it, demanding a ransom of 500 crores from the company.

First Published: Saturday, May 06, 2017 05:30 PM
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