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Harvard student emails bomb hoax to 'get out of exams'

18th December 2013

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A Harvard student made bomb threats to four campus buildings in order to get out of taking his final exams, according to federal prosecutors in America.

Eldo Kim, a 20-year-old student at Harvard, sent emails titled “bombs placed around campus” to five Harvard email addresses on Monday, warning that shrapnel bombs would go off in two of four named buildings – including one where prosecutors say Kim was supposed to sit an exam at 9am.

Other affected buildings included a student dormitory, a science centre and another building where exams were set to take place.

The buildings were evacuated and search by bomb technicians for several hours - with President Obama being kept informed of developments - before officials concluded that the threat was a hoax.

The email threat was sent through Guerrilla Mail, a tool which creates temporary and anonymous email messages, with Kim using a product called TOR to hide his identity when logging onto the Harvard wireless, the FBI affidavit confirmed.

However, Harvard records showed Kim accessing TOR using their wireless network in the hours leading up to the hoax messages, it added.

The FBI interviewed Kim at his halls of residence on Monday evening, where he confirmed that he had acted alone in sending the bomb threat emails.

He was “motivated by a desire to avoid a final exam scheduled to be held on Monday”, according to the charge sheet.

Kim is set to make an initial court appearance today, with the maximum penalty for a bomb hoax being five years in prison and a $250,000 fine – a heavy price to pay for not doing your revision.

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