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article imageHarvard sophomore charged with email 'bomb hoax'

By Eileen Kersey     Dec 18, 2013 in Crime
Cambridge - Monday Digital Journal reported an evacuation at Harvard University following an email bomb threat. Later in the day it turned out to be a hoax and Wednesday one 20-year-old student, Eldo Kim, is accused of being responsible and charged.
Monday final examinations had started at Harvard but an email bomb threat is never ignored, especially in Massachusetts where the Boston marathon bombing took place in April. Police and bomb squad officers descended on the campus, sealing off areas, evacuating students and carrying out a thorough search which took hours to complete.
The email bomb threat was received at 8:30 a.m. local time. It was sent to offices associated with Harvard, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper, reports CNN. The report says:
The subject line in each of the messages read "bombs placed around campus" and cited "shrapnel bombs" in four buildings on the school's main campus in Cambridge. "2/4. guess correctly. be quick or they will go off soon," they said.
Harvard police were not about to take any chances and, in belt and braces style, called the "FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Secret Service; the Cambridge Police Department and the Boston Police Department along with numerous other first responders, including the Cambridge Fire Department."
The emergency services were quick to respond, pulling out all the stops to ensure the safety of the students, in what looked like a terrorist attack. In the end it was allegedly nothing more than a costly hoax, by one student, aimed at delaying exams.
Eldo Kim, 20, of Cambridge, is the sophomore accused of being responsible.
By the time a hoax was declared Kim's exams were canceled for the day. This could have given him the time he needed to prepare for a rescheduled date but he was not bright enough to hide his identity online and was quickly traced. An FBI affidavit says Harvard determined Kim had accessed TOR, a free Internet product that assigns a temporary anonymous Internet protocol address, using the university’s wireless network.
Interviewed by police, Monday night, Kim allegedly confessed all saying: "that he authored the bomb threat e-mails."
Kim reportedly admitted wanting to delay the exams and will appear in U.S. District Court before District of Massachusetts Chief Judge Judith G. Dein Wednesday.
If convicted Kim could face a maximum of five years in prison, three years of suspended release, and a $250,000 fine.
Following his first court appearance the mailonline reports Kim, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from South Korea, was released on $100,000 bond into the custody of his sister and uncle. A condition of bail is he cannot enter the Harvard campus without prior approval.
Students who missed exams Monday at Harvard are advised to get in touch with administrators to agree a new date.
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