The Los Angeles office of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare developer were evacuated by local police yesterday after a bomb threat was called in – one of a number of similar reports around the same time, apparently linked to a bitcoin scam.
According to Gizmodo, Games Industry, and The Verge, “dozens” of locations in the US and Canada and even New Zealand, including businesses, schools, hospitals, media outlets, and government institutions, received an email claiming that a bomb was on the premises and demanding a ransom of $20,000 in bitcoin or else.
“Nothing personal this is just a business,” the email explains. “If the explosive device detonates and the authorities see this letter: We are not terrorists and dont [sic] assume any liability for explosions in other places.”
Okay. I mean, blowing people up is literally the definition of terrorism, but… okay.
Whether Infinity Ward’s situation is linked to this is not officially confirmed for the moment, but we can probably assume it’s not a totally random coincidence. No actual explosive devices have been recovered, so next year’s Call of Duty game is safe for now.