Bainbridge blotter | A threat from the ‘dark web’

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.


9:13 a.m. A 61-year-old Bainbridge Island woman reported an extortion attempt after somebody obtained her personal information online.

The woman said she’d recently been staying in a cheap motel in Los Angeles when her information had been compromised. She’d been using the hotel internet when she logged onto to access her medical information.

Within a few hours she received an anonymous email from an unknown person who claimed to have her password. She then received a message from threatening to broadcast her personal information on the “dark web” if she did not send $1,800 worth of Bitcoin to a specific Bitcoin wallet address.

The woman did not make the payment, but instead attempted to forward the emails to police. When they could not be forwarded, police suspected the emails had been somehow encoded to prevent them from being shared.

The woman took screen shots of the correspondence instead.

A report was filed.