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Russia's ‘phone terrorists’ are reportedly European hackers planning to demand money for an end to the nationwide bomb threats

Source: RBC

The longer Russia’s nationwide bomb-threat scare continues, the more money is wasted on evacuation measures and the more revenue is lost by businesses forced to suspend operations.

According to the news agency RBC, the perpetrators of these phone calls are members of an “international group of hackers” based in Brussels, and their plan is to demand a large sum of money from Russia’s authorities, in exchange for ending their “phone terrorism.” The hackers allegedly designed software that automates IP-telephony to call shopping centers, train stations, airports, schools, and other facilities.

The Russian government estimates that it’s spent 300 million rubles ($5.2 million), so far, on emergency responses to the bomb threats.