After Sending Bomb to Crypto Firm Over Lost Password, Suspect Finally Sentenced

A 43 year old man has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison by a court in Sweden.

BBC reports that Jermu Michael Salonen, the suspect sent a “potentially lethal homemade bomb” to a U.K.-based crypto firm.

Apart from facing several charges in the Stockholm District Court, he was also indicted for sending a bomb to Cryptopay employees in London, and mailing a white powder to Swedish politicians — including the prime minister.

He was said to have hatched his plan, in a bid to take revenge on the firm for refusing to change his password on the Cryptopay platform in August 2017.

However, Cryptopay gave reasons for not permitting a password request change, as such a change would contravene company policy.

In November, 2017, the suspect, sent an explosive device in a padded envelope addressed to two Cryptopay employee’s in Hackney, London and the package was delivered to an accounting firm previously used by Cryptopay.

More so, months later in March 2018, a worker at the office began opening the package, but stopped when he became suspicious of the contents. The package was referred to the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command who forwarded DNA information from the bomb to Interpol, alerting Swedish authorities to Salonen’s activities. According to BBC, Salonen was already known to Swedish police.

Founded in late 2014, Cryptopay is a Bitcoin (BTC) wallet, debit card service, and exchange for U.K. and European Union clients.

Meanchile, Cryptopay co-founder George Basiladze told Cointelegraph that the firm had changed offices a “few months before the parcel was delivered.”

No one was hurt in the incident, and “none of [Cryptopay’s] employees have ever worked at that address.”

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