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A Harvard student used internet privacy tools to send a bomb threat to his university in order to avoid taking a test, it was alleged today.

Prosecutors in Massachusetts accuse sophomore Eldo Kim of firing off an anonymous email that claimed there were a pair of explosive shrapnel-packed devices on campus: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ma/news/2013/December/KimEldochargePR.html
 
It is alleged the emails were sent at 8.30am on December 16 to Harvard officials, the Harvard University Police Department and student-run daily newspaper the Harvard Crimson. Prosecutors said the messages listed four buildings as possible targets, one being the hall in which Kim and other students were scheduled to take their semester exams.

Investigators searched the evacuated buildings for hours, but found no evidence of any explosives. Kim, 20, was due in court today on a bomb-hoax charge following his arrest.

According to an FBI criminal complaint: http://www.wbur.org/2013/12/18/pdf-criminal-complaint-harvard-bomb-threat , Kim took basic steps to mask his identity while sending the threats. It's claimed the emails were sent from the free Guerrilla Mail service, which was accessed via the Tor network.

Guerrilla Mail, which offers disposable webmail accounts, and Tor, which attempts to cloak a user's IP address: https://www.eff.org/pages/tor-and-https , are favored tools for privacy-conscious netizens, activists, whistleblowers and others operating in areas with strict government control and surveillance of web traffic.

The Feds claim they were able to use logs of the campus wireless network traffic to determine when and where a user accessed the Tor service, ultimately allowing them to trace the webmail activity back to the accused.

According to the FBI's affidavit, Kim sent the threats as a last-ditch effort to get out of taking his final exam. If found guilty, Kim probably won't have to worry about that test any more – the charge of sending a bomb hoax carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Re: Harvard student used Guerrilla Mail & Tor network to avoid exam...
« Reply #1 on: 22. December 2013., 21:07:30 »
the charge of sending a bomb hoax carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

With sentencing like that, you better place a real bomb! :>

But seriously, I really was shocked when I was reading the article... Tor + Anonymous email and still tracked by something lowely like the FBI??? What the fuck! I'm at risk! HELP!

Luckily, it turned out it was just some smart guessing... I could have done that investigation (and been proud on myself!:)

karma!


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Re: Harvard student used Guerrilla Mail & Tor network to avoid exam...
« Reply #2 on: 23. December 2013., 13:14:04 »
But devnullius !

That have you already read about in my thread about FRA and NSA and even comment it!

Didn't you understand that the reality is more impressive then fiction. The fiction of today is just a bleak shadow of the real life! And when it got to the history it is a good documentary. ;)

For your other that missed the article:
http://scforum.info/index.php/topic,8510.10.html

and browse to page 2 and "Reply #13 on: 2013-12-14, 08:56:36 »"
"Attacking Tor: how the NSA targets users' online anonymity"
Their is two easy way to configure a system!
Every thing open and every thing closed.
Every thing else is more or less complex.

Start Turfing ! http://scforum.info/index.php/topic,8405.msg21475.html#msg21475

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Re: Harvard student used Guerrilla Mail & Tor network to avoid exam...
« Reply #3 on: 23. December 2013., 13:21:05 »
I'll quote myself to pin-point my shock ;p

"Tor + Anonymous email and still tracked by something lowely like the FBI??? What the fuck! I'm at risk! HELP!"

That should not have been possible! But if the kid is stupid enough to use something as exclusive as TOR traffic on Campus wifi...

Well, THAT changes things a bit ;p

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