Swedish Man Faces Six-Year Prison Stint For Sending Bomb To Crypto Exchange Cryptopay

Crime, News | November 12, 2018 By:

A 43-year-old Swedish man was sentenced to six and a half years in jail for mailing a homemade bomb to London-based cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopay.

On Friday, London’s Metropolitan Police revealed that Jermu Michael Salonen first contacted Cryptopay in August 2017 after he was locked out of his account. He reportedly asked the exchange to reset his password and send him a new one. However, Cryptopay’s customer service team refused, saying to do so would break its privacy policy.

In November 2017, a bomb arrived at the company’s registered address in Shoreditch where its former accountants are based. In March of this year, a man working at the office block began opening the envelope, but became suspicious of the contents and called the police.

Commander Clarke Jarrett, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said that Salonen seemingly made and sent a device that had the capability to seriously harm and even kill over something as inconsequential as a change of password.

“Fortunately, the bomb did not detonate,” Jarrett said. “It was due to sheer luck that the recipient ripped open the package in the middle rather than using the envelope flap which would have activated the device.”

DNA found in the package did not match information on UK databases, so it was analyzed by Interpol. The Met said that through these inquiries, it was identified that the DNA matched those of Salonen and Swedish police arrested him on May 12.

A judge sentenced Salonen to six and a half years’ imprisonment after finding him guilty of attempted murder, for sending the bomb, and 20 counts of threats, for sending a white powder in letters to high-profile figures in Sweden and a British businessman.

In a statement a spokesperson for Cryptopay said that the office in Shoreditch was a registered address for Cryptopay, which they had changed a few months before the parcel was delivered.

“The address itself belongs to our former accountants and we are relieved that no one from the Accountancy Cloud team was hurt in this incident,” the spokesperson said. “None of our employees have ever worked at that address. The vast majority of our employees work remotely across Europe, but we are implementing additional security measures to prevent any potential harm to our employees anyway. We are thankful for both British and Swedish police, who were able to investigate the case with outstanding professionalism.”