By Tyler Durden
As we reported earlier, Bitcoin brushed off the weekend sell-off and blasted above the $14,000 level as the Asian trading session got underway. There was no news to catalyse the move higher, although excitement and debate over the upcoming launch of Bitcoin futures on 10 December continues. One Bitcoin-related story did peak our interest, however.
It might be a sign that Bitcoin is becoming mainstream when blackmailers are prepared to accept the cryptocurrency as payment.
German tabloid, Bild, is reporting that this has befallen logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL. However, the recipients of two deliveries containing explosive devices had a lucky escape, as Bloomberg explains.
A criminal blackmailing Deutsche Post’s DHL parcel service demands EU10m in the digital currency Bitcoin, German newspaper Bild reports, not saying where it got the information. Blackmailer placed two bombs in parcels delivered by DHL; bombs didn’t detonate because of technical problems
Parcels included QR codes with links to extortion letter to DHL
Threatened to send further bombs
German Parcel Bomb Is Part of Extortion Plan Against DHL: Police
Handelsblatt provided more details of one of the bombs found in the eastern German city of Potsdam.
Authorities confirmed Sunday the apparent bomb found near the Potsdam Christmas market on Friday …read more