Harvard Bomb Threat Thwarted! Tor network usedSubmitted by Jdayh on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 05:17
That Bomb-Hoaxing Harvard Student Was Using Tor, But They Caught Him Anyway
On Monday, Harvard University administrators received an email claiming that bombs had been placed in two buildings on campus. The emails were a hoax, and the FBI quickly identified the person behind it, a 20-year old student named Eldo Kim. Kim told the FBI he was trying to avoid taking a final exam.
CBS Boston posted the FBI's affidavit, and it's actually a story with a privacy lesson embedded in it. (I'm assuming here that people are also taking the other, more obvious lesson, which is that you shouldn't make bomb threats.)
Kim sent the threatening emails using a Tor browser, which anonymizes your web browsing, paired with an anonymous email program called Guerilla Mail. That actually could have been enough to protect his identity, except that he did all of this on Harvard's wireless internet.
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