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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Harvard bomb prankster was caught even though he used Tor anonymizing network

The FBI has caught the Harvard student who sent in a bomb threat on Tuesday, causing evacuations and disrupting exam week (he did it to get our of an exam). The interesting part, from news reports:

Kim took several steps to hide his identity, but in the end, it was the WiFi that got him, the FBI said.

Kim said he sent his messages using a temporary, anonymous email account routed through the worldwide anonymizing network Tor, according to the affidavit. So far, so good. But to get to Tor, he had to go through Harvard's wireless network — and university technicians were able to detect that it was Kim who was trying to get to Tor, according to the affidavit.