Japanese Businesses Receive Cyanide-Laced Letters
Nine Japanese companies, including pharmaceutical firms and a newspaper, were targeted with blackmail letters this weekend containing white powder suspected to be cyanide, police say. Sent under the names of executed members of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo — responsible for a deadly Tokyo subway attack in 1995 — the blackmailer demanded $31,000 in bitcoin, or else they’d distribute fake medicine containing cyanide.
Why Aum Shinrikyo? While its leader was hanged last summer, the cult still reportedly retains a degree of influence through splinter groups.