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Bomb threats sent by fax to colleges in Yamanashi, Ibaraki, Hokkaido

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Police in Yamanashi, Ibaraki and Hokkaido prefectures are investigating bomb threats sent to universities and an institute on Monday.

According to police, Tsuru University in Yamanashi Prefecture received a fax around 7:10 a.m. on Monday that read, “I planted a major bomb.” Local media reported that the message also contained an order to transfer 300,000 yen to a designated bank account.

Although no suspicious items were found on the campus, the university canceled all classes and kept students from entering the school’s premises on Monday. Yamanashi Prefectural Police have strengthened security at the school.

Also on Monday, Tokiwa University in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, received two faxes with the same threatening message. Police carried out a thorough search but no explosive device was found.

In a third incident, the Chitose Institute of Science and Technology in Hokkaido reported receiving a bomb threat to its campus but no suspicious items were found there, either.

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300,000 yen? This terrorist needs to show a bit more ambition if he wants to make it in the world.

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300,000 yen? This terrorist needs to show a bit more ambition if he wants to make it in the world.

Also, using a fax machine to make a bomb threat is simultaneously the most Japanese and the most idiotic thing I have read in a while. I have no doubt the investigation will be short and turn up a very disturbed individual.

10 ( +19 / -9 )

300,000 yen? This terrorist needs to show a bit more ambition if he wants to make it in the world.

That's righteous yen for someone who makes bomb threats by fax.

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I hear that all high schools in Saitama also closed due to a threat today.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

300,000 yen? This terrorist needs to show a bit more ambition if he wants to make it in the world.

That is 300,000 from each school and institution! That is a significant amount of change!

0 ( +2 / -2 )

A fax?! What is this, 1997?!

2 ( +5 / -3 )

That is 300,000 from each school and institution! That is a significant amount of change!

I stand corrected! Yamanashi, Ibaraki and Hokkaido in a slightly weird bomb-planting spree, all declared by fax.

I'd be surprised if the cops even looked that hard when they were called in.

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I wonder if there was no such thing as fax machines, would he have even bothered?

Maybe our alternate-universe members of the JT community ca tap into their crystal balls and gives us a clue.

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Why not throw away all faxes? And you'd never get threatened (via fax)

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Maybe our alternate-universe members of the JT community ca tap into their crystal balls and gives us a clue.

I'm smelling a student prank gone awry. I reckon he has a mate in each of those institutions and was trying to get them out of class for a Fortnite session.

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Don't the fax machines send the senders number on the fax like they used to?

6 ( +6 / -0 )

That is 300,000 from each school and institution! That is a significant amount of change!

Three universities/institutions 900,000 ...... hardly a "significant" amount of change!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Ok bomb threat …. Take it seriously. If you don’t the error could cost you your life or others. But I do not condone this action it’s the act of cowardice

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Two of the universities in our city also received the fax, but they are so poor they just threw it away as they couldn't afford the ransom!

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My kids' school reported that last Saturday a fax had been sent to the ward office targeting children. On about 10 occasions in 2022 they reported similar "suspicious email". Many schools & universities across Japan made similar reports. I assumed these all came from a malicious Trojan similar to “Emotet”, as documented here: https://www.ipa.go.jp/security/announce/20191202.html , but it looks like "fax-phishing" is also a real threat, see https://www.hoxhunt.com/blog/fax-phishing

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Don't the fax machines send the senders number on the fax like they used to?

Faxes are just phone calls, and like with phone calls one can spoof or suppress the sender number. That's only to the recipient, though, phone companies and authorities can and will get the real number of the sender.

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The best bit of this is the fact that they sent a bomb threat by fax!

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My son was also sent back from his Junior High School in Tokyo today because of a threat. Our conversation when he arrived home:

Me: “I am sure it was a prank but I know it wasn’t you or your naughty friends “

Him: ”How do you know for sure?”

Me: ”School said the threat was sent by fax”

Him: ”What is fax?”

Me: ”Exactly.”

4 ( +7 / -3 )

I have confidence that this will be resolved quickly and easily by law enforcement.

Thank you.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Just a stupid loser, catch and send to jail..

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By fax.

How to tell me the perp is Japanese without telling me the perp is Japanese.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Probably inspired by the plane one last week. The evacuation protocol seems to have a low bar in Japan.

A malware infection on a PC/laptop with a fax card could be used to send it. But it was most likely kids via a konbini fax. 300,000 yen is a lot when you are 12.

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This same thing happened with Kanagawa high schools on Tuesday. Some one calling himself Lawyer K it seems.

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All high schools in Iwate got one. Follow-up fax this morning.

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Nothing is more frightening than a MAJOR bomb.

No wait, sending a fax in 2023 is more frightening.

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We can add some schools in Osaka to that list

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Don't the fax machines send the senders number on the fax like they used to?

There are software faxes now, so numbers can be changed

0 ( +0 / -0 )

By fax. Not a professional criminal then.

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