On August 16, local time, for the fourth time, a bomb threatening e-mail from Japan appeared in South Korea. The sender claimed to have planted bombs at the Grand Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Korea, various city government buildings, and various colleges and universities.
According to a report by Yonhap News Agency on the 16th, the cyber crime investigation team of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency received an alarm on the morning of the 16th, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government received 2 emails warning of a bomb terrorist attack. The email mentioned the Grand Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Korea, government buildings in Busan and Daegu, Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Korea University, Pohang University of Science and Technology and other places, and said that the bombs would be detonated on the afternoon of the 16th and 17th. The email also stated that more than 270 million explosives were placed.
According to reports, the sender pretended to be a Japanese law firm and sent the email in the same way as a series of threatening emails that appeared recently. Based on the IP address of the email, the police speculated that the threatening email was also sent from Japan. Recently, there have been frequent occurrences of phishing crimes in Japan that use the mailboxes of lawyers or law firms to send emails.
Based on information such as email content, format, recipients, and IP addresses, the investigation team speculated that the four recent threatening email incidents were committed by the same person. The police have requested the Japan Metropolitan Police Agency to assist in solving the case and initiated the criminal judicial cooperation procedure. The police also searched the premises appearing in the mail, and no suspicious items have been found so far.
On August 7, several civil servants of the Seoul Metropolitan Government received bomb threatening emails. The sender claimed in the article that if Lee Jae-myung, the leader of the largest opposition party, the Common Democratic Party, is not killed before 15:34 on August 9, a time bomb set up in a library in Seoul will be detonated. On the 9th, the police received another email from someone saying that they would blow up the National Museum of Korea, the Japanese Embassy in South Korea, Namsan Tower in Seoul, and Japanese schools. On the 14th, many domestic media in South Korea received threatening emails from Japan, claiming that the Seoul Metropolitan Government Building would be blown up on the 15th Liberation Day.