The kidnappers ask for $10 million paid in XMR. Although the woman went missing back in October 2018, the news was made public just now.
It’s not clear if the police or the husband will pay the ransom, but what is clear is the fact that Monero’s reputation will get hurt after this.
Tommy Broeske, a Police Inspector, stated that, for the time being, their only goal is to find the missing woman “alive and reunite her with the family”.
He said: “There has been demand for ransom, and serious threats have been made in this case. As things now stand, we advise the family not to pay.”
Unfortunately, Monero is becoming really quickly the crypto of choice for cybercriminals.
NewsBTC reported that “Santa Clara-based network and enterprise security company Palo Alto Networks released a report last year that suggested that roughly 5% of all Monero in circulation was mined as a result of malicious crypto jacking software and that as much as 2% of Monero’s hash power is derived from crypto jacking scripts.”