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Ivy-Leaguer Calls in Bomb Threat to Avoid Test

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When you think of Harvard (or any Ivy League school, for that matter) you think of the brightest minds in the world. One student, Eldo Kim, may make us rethink that. The sophomore called in a fake bomb threat to avoid taking a final exam this Tuesday.

The student sent emails to both Harvard’s newspaper and the police department with the following message, according to NBC News:

"shrapnel bombs placed in science center, sever hall, emerson hall, thayer hall, 2/4. guess correctly. be quick for they will go off soon.” Kim’s class was in Emerson Hall. The university proceeded to evacuate the school and didn’t deem the school safe for students to enter until around 3 p.m.

Kim had the right mindset for trying to send the threat anonymously—he used Guerrilla Mail to send the emails as well as TOR, a product that assigns an anonymous IP address to hide the sender, according to CNN. But he missed one step: he used Harvard’s Wi-Fi network, which ultimately allowed police to figure out Kim was the culprit.

According to NBC News, the student could face up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and $250,000 in fines for his stunt. 

Posted by Jamie Friedlander on Dec 18, 2013


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