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Moron used school WiFi to send messages

Undergrad Harvard student Eldo Kim had the “bright” idea to avoid a final exam he wasn't keen on taking. To avoid his exam, the 20-year-old student admitted to emailing bomb threats to several campus offices.
 
Kim faces up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted. The threats Kim made resulted in four campus buildings being cleared out that day.
 
Kim’s email message was delivered to the campus police and the student newspaper as well as several Harvard offices. The subject line of the email read, "bombs placed around campus." The message in the email read, "shrapnel bombs placed in science center, sever hall, emerson hall, thayer hall, 2/4. guess correctly. be quick for they will go off soon."
 
Kim tried to cover his tracks by sending the emails though the Tor anonymizing system. However, he made one critical mistake (if we set aside making the bomb thread in the first place); he accessed Tor using Harvard’s Wi-Fi network.
 
This blunder made it quite easy for Harvard network technicians and the FBI to track him down.

Source: NBC News



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Dip@$**
By exeedorbit on 12/18/2013 10:48:16 AM , Rating: 5
I guess going to Harvard doesn't necessarily mean you're smart.




RE: Dip@$**
By bupkus on 12/18/2013 11:21:19 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Beginning in the fall of 1973, Bush attended the Harvard Business School, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. He is the only U.S. President to have earned an M.B.A
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush


RE: Dip@$**
By exeedorbit on 12/18/2013 11:48:40 AM , Rating: 1
I rest my case.


RE: Dip@$**
By Dorkyman on 12/21/2013 5:05:36 PM , Rating: 2
Wallow in your ignorance, if you wish.

W had slightly better grades than that brilliant global-warming scamster Al Gore. But you need to keep repeating your lie in order to continue with the liberal tenet that W was stupid, don't you?

BTW, how were your grades at Harvard and Yale?


RE: Dip@$**
By dwhuston on 12/23/2013 4:03:22 PM , Rating: 2
:)


RE: Dip@$**
By Reclaimer77 on 12/18/2013 12:20:23 PM , Rating: 5
RE: Dip@$**
By 3DoubleD on 12/18/2013 2:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
That was actually a very interesting read. Thanks for the link.

I still don't like many of the decisions he made, but I'm now more sure he was fully aware of what he was doing the entire time.


RE: Dip@$**
By FaaR on 12/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: Dip@$**
By exeedorbit on 12/18/2013 2:40:57 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know why people think bush is dumb. When he was senator, you could CLEARLY see how smart he was, and to this day, the persona that is painted for him is just downright silly.


RE: Dip@$**
By Reclaimer77 on 12/18/2013 3:24:15 PM , Rating: 4
People think Bush is dumb because that's the picture every media outlet, newspaper, and magazine painted. And the dumb masses just went with it.

That's how propaganda and Liberal media bias works.

Obama thinks there are 57 States and Hawaii is part of "Asia". Are people calling him dumb? Nope. Liberals take care of their own.


RE: Dip@$**
By jimbojimbo on 12/18/2013 3:30:46 PM , Rating: 3
The media bias was readily apparent when you compare the pictures of each president. The only pictures of Bush, at least before 911, was of him looking dim or confused. The media decides what pictures they can show and they always favor the blue side. Pictures are also subjective so they can deny they're showing bias.


RE: Dip@$**
By Reclaimer77 on 12/18/2013 3:49:47 PM , Rating: 5
It was clear they made a conscious decision to smear him, his administration, and everything about him - because they believed he "stole" the election from their Liberal hero Al Gore.


RE: Dip@$**
By bupkus on 12/18/2013 8:48:06 PM , Rating: 1
Clearly, it took a brilliant mind to hide the fact that he was so intelligent.

Oh, that's right...the liberal press. Gosh dang that liberal press.

quote:
Obama thinks there are 57 States and Hawaii is part of "Asia"
Just where did you dig this up? If you can provide a link other than from yourself I'd like to see it.


RE: Dip@$**
By Reclaimer77 on 12/18/2013 9:32:15 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9hPXHD4WH0

Now my point isn't that Obama is "dumb" because he made a few gaffs. Everyone makes mistakes and speaking errors. But when a Republican does it, he's "stupid" and it's a big media frenzy. When a Liberal does it, you never hear about it.


RE: Dip@$**
By Griffinhart on 12/19/2013 9:38:14 AM , Rating: 2
-He also claimed the Auto was invented in the US (from his first state of the union address)
-He once apologized for not "speaking Austrian" at a speech.
-"corpse-man"
-"America built the Intercontinental Railroad"

Plus the numerous teleprompter gaffes. He has made as many goofs that GWB ever did, but he does seem to get a free pass with it.


RE: Dip@$**
By Cypherdude1 on 12/19/2013 4:09:29 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I don't know why people think bush is dumb. When he was senator, you could CLEARLY see how smart he was
Bush43 was never Senator.


RE: Dip@$**
By dwhuston on 12/23/2013 4:07:38 PM , Rating: 2
When exactly was he a Senator?


RE: Dip@$**
By MadMan007 on 12/18/2013 10:19:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, I've read similar accounts, although without as much detail, many times. Many members of the White House press corps, despite Reclaimer77's 'omg liberal media!' statements, have said that Bush is a very smart man. It doesn't make all his decisions smart, but that's a slightly different topic.


RE: Dip@$**
By mik123 on 12/20/2013 12:23:49 AM , Rating: 2
Funny, it's actually possible that someone here is dumb enough to think any president of US could be less than extremely smart.


RE: Dip@$**
By KCjoker on 12/18/2013 6:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
Obama also went to Harvard.


RE: Dip@$**
By Dorkyman on 12/21/2013 5:13:43 PM , Rating: 2
...and, of course, we don't know about HIS grades because he won't let anyone see them. Wonder why?


RE: Dip@$**
By Apone on 12/18/2013 12:32:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I guess going to Harvard doesn't necessarily mean you're smart.


Well "smart" is a relative term; it's safe to say Kim was book smart considering he gained admission to Harvard but college (regardless of its prestigious-ness) doesn't teach common sense, morality (owning up to your mistakes & procrastination, etc.) or good time management (which I'm guessing contributed to Kim not being prepared to take said exam).

Also, I know full well the repercussions of failure (coming from an Asian American household) which would be that much more motivation for me to ensure I'm ready for that exam.


RE: Dip@$**
By superflex on 12/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: Dip@$**
By Solandri on 12/19/2013 12:49:25 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I guess going to Harvard doesn't necessarily mean you're smart.

Oldie but a goodie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0wk4qG2mIg

But seriously, I lived right next to Harvard Yard for 3 years. There are very smart people there. It's just that with a more liberal arts student base, their education and experience frequently doesn't cover things that are "obvious" to people with experience in the science and tech sectors.


RE: Dip@$**
By MrBlastman on 12/20/2013 12:10:40 PM , Rating: 2
Just because people are at a known school doesn't mean they are smart or smarter than the rest.

I went to Georgia Tech and met a lot of bright people there. I also met quite a few dimwits, also. I'd say, overall, the average student there I spoke or interacted with was above average (110 - 115 range) but by no means extremely smart. The smart were few and far between. In fact, the smartest people I have met personally (150+) I can count on a single hand and all of them I met through extracurricular activities, grade school and one or two in employment.

Anyone can memorize facts and recite figures if they practice and study hard enough. A true measure of intelligence is how quickly and aptly an individual can solve a problem they are unfamiliar with beforehand given what tools they have presently--problems that rely little on facts and far more on deduction, logic and imagination.


RE: Dip@$**
By marvdmartian on 12/19/2013 7:06:55 AM , Rating: 2
The best and the brightest, without a doubt. Just so long as you dismiss common sense from the equation!


RE: Dip@$**
By Griffinhart on 12/19/2013 10:00:15 AM , Rating: 2
I know a lot of really smart people. I know very few really smart people with common sense.


Come On
By Flunk on 12/18/2013 10:51:36 AM , Rating: 2
This guy should have done a bit of research.Bomb threats are serious business and even before 9/11 were a criminal offense. This could totally ruin this guy's life.




RE: Come On
By ClownPuncher on 12/18/2013 11:18:04 AM , Rating: 4
I hope it does ruin his life.


RE: Come On
By JasonMick (blog) on 12/18/2013 3:18:52 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I hope it does ruin his life.
Right-o.

As long as dumb college kids use Tor without client-side encryption on logged college networks, whist thinking they're anonymous, dumb college kids will keep getting caught and pwned. And we shall all enjoy many a hearty chuckle. :)

Kind of like how the feds kept catching people delivering packages of drugs bought on silk road using bitcoin as they thought they'd be anonymous if they shipped it by mail.

Anytime you put your traffic digital or otherwise into a well tread, monitored route (e.g. the U.S. postal service, college networks, Starbucks, etc.) where it can be correlated to other identifying info (credit card receipts, security video, your login, your address on the package, etc.) you're a pretty dumb person if you think obfuscating your IP will help you.

Now about the only exception is if you were using client-side encryption on your traffic that might protect you somewhat if your keys are strong and safe you are bit forgetful like certain Enron employees. However, clearly this Ivy Leaguer wasn't that smart.

Have fun in prison, don't drop the soap!


RE: Come On
By Dorkyman on 12/21/2013 5:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, it's Christmastime. Cut him a bit of slack.

I dearly hope the punishment has to be something to show how serious his offense was, but "ruin his life?" Man, I'm glad you're not judging me and some of the stupid $hit I've done when I was young. How about drunk driving resulting in someone getting killed or damaged for life--what, the guillotine?


RE: Come On
By lagomorpha on 12/18/2013 11:33:09 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
This could totally ruin this guy's life.


Pretty sure a criminal record doesn't do as much for one's future as a Harvard degree would...


RE: Come On
By exeedorbit on 12/18/2013 11:48:10 AM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure this action would lead to expulsion. So now he's going to have a criminal record AND no Harvard Degree.


RE: Come On
By FITCamaro on 12/18/2013 11:51:59 AM , Rating: 6
Usually people get through Harvard before they become politicians and start committing crimes.


RE: Come On
By Dr of crap on 12/18/2013 12:21:36 PM , Rating: 2
That's a priceless statement - thanks for the laugh!


RE: Come On
By brshoemak on 12/18/2013 1:53:06 PM , Rating: 2
Very true, but it looks like some of their students are already effectively applying some of their course material:
quote:
125 Harvard College students were investigated for cheating on the take-home final examination of the spring 2012 edition of Government 1310: "Introduction to Congress"

....they'll do just fine in Congress.


RE: Come On
By The Von Matrices on 12/19/2013 3:44:09 AM , Rating: 3
Since when does being investigated mean that they're guilty of cheating?


RE: Come On
By lagomorpha on 12/20/2013 1:35:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
students were investigated for cheating on the take-home final examination of the spring 2012 edition of Government 1310: "Introduction to Congress"


Does cheating in "Introduction to Congress" mean they get kicked out or is it the main requirement for an "A"?


I wonder how much Harvard logs
By jimbojimbo on 12/18/2013 10:59:48 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder how they were able to track him down. Maybe they took when the email was sent then narrowed it down to computers connected exactly at that time and also using TOR. Maybe the email service he used didn't use SSL so everything was sent in plain text as well. Curious.




RE: I wonder how much Harvard logs
By Apone on 12/18/2013 12:13:35 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
...he made one critical mistake (if we set aside making the bomb thread in the first place); he accessed Tor using Harvard’s Wi-Fi network.


Tor was probably subpoenaed to disclose its IP Addresses that led back to and implicated Kim's efforts on the Harvard Wi-Fi network.


RE: I wonder how much Harvard logs
By cesium132 on 12/18/2013 12:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
lol Tor isn't an organization that you can subpoena. my guess is that by looking at the various jumps the email went through, they discerned it was likely sent by a user using Tor or a similar anonymizing tool, and saw a user on the wifi network on Tor at the same time


By jimbojimbo on 12/18/2013 1:06:24 PM , Rating: 2
Subpoena TOR. That brought a laugh.
That's what I'm thinking. I bet Harvard must do some network scanning and can identify users running TOR or connecting to their networks. SMTP headers would only really identify the IP address of the last TOR server that connected to the email service. The problem TOR has is if you use a browser and don't lock down traffic on that browser to just use TOR it submits DNS requests through the local network settings. I bet Harvard checked their DNS query logs to see what computer made the request just before the email was sent. From that they had an idea of which computers were likely then subpoenaed the individual computers then searched the browsing history to positively identify him.


RE: I wonder how much Harvard logs
By dwhuston on 12/23/2013 4:14:50 PM , Rating: 2
the Tor Browser is anonymous. Very little of the software used to work through it is. As long as you stay with the browser you are safe, if however bit torrent or some some other type of client is used its not. Very simple.


More Explaination Please
By GmTrix on 12/18/2013 1:26:02 PM , Rating: 2
Can someone explain to me why using the campus WiFi would make it linkable back to him? Does it have something to with network storing location or MAC address info or something? The article makes it seem like the answer is obvious but as someone who's not familiar with Tor I don't see it.




RE: More Explaination Please
By AdamAnon on 12/18/2013 2:38:13 PM , Rating: 2
Trivial. He was dumb and made a basic mistake. Campus WiFi requires users to login. IT checked the network logs. He was the only user who accessed TOR on the day the email was sent. It probably took some sysadmin 2 minutes to find him. FBI paid him a visit and asked some questions.


RE: More Explaination Please
By mik123 on 12/20/2013 12:34:38 AM , Rating: 2
Or, someone used his login to do this. It's actually not that hard to find out your classmate creds, just a bit of shoulder surfing.


RE: More Explaination Please
By Wombat_56 on 12/23/2013 7:41:10 PM , Rating: 2
Using the local WiFi wasn't smart, but his REAL screw-up was confessing. Of course everybody knew it was him, but they didn't have proof without the confession.

He could have simply claimed to have been watching some pre-exam porn for relaxation, and the bomb threats coming in at the same time were just coincidence. Tor still provided an impenetrable cut-out between him and the incoming email.


incomplete story
By fic2 on 12/18/2013 12:24:04 PM , Rating: 2
So, did he have to take the final?




RE: incomplete story
By roykahn on 12/19/2013 4:38:09 AM , Rating: 2
His roommate used a different tactic. During questioning from the FBI, he stated "Actually, I've been working on a plan. During the exam, I'll hide under some coats, and hope that somehow everything will work out."


But...
By Arkive on 12/18/2013 2:45:01 PM , Rating: 2

But, did he pass his final?




RE: But...
By Integral9 on 12/19/2013 2:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, I doubt it, not a single one. In fact, I'm sure he will get F's in all his classes for the semester regardless of his current grades and not to mention expelled from the school. In fact, he will probably be lucky to set foot on any college campus again.


Hmmm Think they innocent.
By TheQuestionMark on 12/20/2013 9:56:48 AM , Rating: 2
http://5480093.deviantart.com/art/Netzero-and-Chin...

Think they don't want to be conspired with China. For the Experiment of Free Internet or be taint the research of 'Free Internet' Research.




By TheQuestionMark on 12/20/2013 9:58:42 AM , Rating: 2
http://5480093.deviantart.com/art/Netzero-and-Chin...

Think they don't want to be taint China of that conspire bomb/fire attack recently on the news. For the Experiment of Free Internet or be taint the research of 'Free Internet' Research.


punishment
By keithxp on 12/18/2013 11:25:37 AM , Rating: 2
5 years in prison sounds like a cake walk compared to the beating he would've gotten for failing his finals.




No NSA?
By TimberJon on 12/26/2013 2:57:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if this means the NSA isn't snooping on Wifi traffic or if they just have inadequate bigdata engines and algorithms...

The snoopers should have been monitoring search engine hits for obvious things like "how to send anonymous emails" or "anonymous email sending service" which IMO would raise a flag and activate scrutineer programs to more closely monitor that individual.

What a stupid move. Grade AA lifephuk, good job.




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