IT major Wipro has received yet another anonymous e-mail demanding Rs 500 crore in bitcoin currency. The mail warned of a biochemical attack if the company did not agree to pay the ransom. On May 5, Wipro had received a similar e-mail.
According the police, the second e-mail has also come from the same address, and the sender warned Wipro of dire consequences if the ransom was not paid within 72 hours. The police said the IP address of the e-mail was traced to Switzerland but also added that it could be masked.
The mail sent from one firstname.lastname@example.org stated, “If you ignore my threats, you will face severe trouble. This is the last chance I am giving you to pay the ransom or get ready to face the disaster.”
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A statement from the company said, “Wipro confirms that it has received a second threatening email from an unidentified source. Wipro has reinforced 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.”
After the second threat mail from the same ID and IP address, the police have written to the Union home ministry to seek information from Switzerland.