Website behind wave of bomb hoaxes in Russia shut down 

Website behind wave of bomb hoaxes in Russia shut down 

Dutch-registered Startmail.com website has been sending thousands of hoax bomb threats to courts, schools, hospitals, shopping malls and other facilities across Russia since November 2019, Russia’s Federal Security Service said.

"Since November 28, 2019 until now, the foreign service Startmail.com (in the Netherlands) has sent more than 1,000 anonymous reports with bomb threats to emails of judicial authorities in 16 Russian regions," TASS cited the FSB Public Relations Center as saying.

More than 16,000 social infrastructure facilities such as schools, kindergartens, hospitals, transport and shopping centers received bomb threats, which turned out to be a hoax, TASS reported.

"Starting from January 23, 2020 access to information resources of the foreign service Startmail.com will be banned," the FSB said, noting that the decision was made based on a demand of the Prosecutor-General’s Office and Roscomnazdor.

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