Harvard student charged with sending bomb threat e-mail to get out of final

By Funke Oyelade,

A Harvard University student has been charged in sending an e-mail about a fake bomb threat on the campus resulting in a campus shut down.

We previously reported four Harvard buildings were investigated for bombs by a bomb squad and areas surrounding the university were blocked off until after 2:30 p.m.

After searching for bombs that did not exist, the police believed the situation to be a hoax. Now it has come to light that a Harvard University sophomore sent the e-mail to two school officials and more to get out of taking his final.

NY Daily News reported 20-year-old Eldo Kim was the one behind the e-mail to school officials stating there were bombs at the university.

Kim used web applications Guerrilla Mail and TOR to shield his web address, but he used the university’s wireless internet to send the e-mail.

According to CNN Kim was able to be found out by the university. “Harvard University was able to determine that, in the several hours leading up to the receipt of the e-mail messages described above, Eldo Kim accessed TOR using Harvard's wireless network.”

While Kim may have avoided his final exam scheduled for that Monday, the sophomore is now in trouble. If convicted he could face a five-year maximum sentence and a $250,000 fine.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


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