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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on December 19th, 2013 at 8:58 am

Korean-American Arrested for Bomb Threat at Harvard University

Via various reader tips comes this news about a Korean-American student at Harvard University that called in a bomb threat to avoid taking a final exam:

A Harvard University student was charged with making a false claim that bombs had been placed in up to four buildings on the school’s campus in an attempt to get out of taking a final exam, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The prestigious Ivy League school evacuated four buildings on its centuries-old campus a day earlier in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after receiving emails that U.S. prosecutors said Tuesday had been sent by 20-year-old student Eldo Kim, originally from Seoul.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tracked down Kim at his dorm. According to prosecutors, after being read his Miranda rights, Kim stated that “he authored the bomb threat emails … motivated by a desire to avoid a final exam.”

The Harvard student is due in federal court in Boston on Wednesday to face one charge of making a false bomb report.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison, three years supervised release and a $250,000 fine.  [Joong Ang Ilbo]

You would think that someone smart enough to go to Harvard would be smart enough to know how to cover his online tracks.  I doubt this idiot will go to jail, but surely he no longer has to worry about taking that final any more because I would have to think he is going to be expelled.

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  • setnaffa
    9:03 am on December 19th, 2013 1

    So… Have we heard from Tom yet?

  • The Sanity Inspector
    9:36 am on December 19th, 2013 2

    The kids at MIT are probably much better at this.

  • redwhitedude
    9:41 am on December 19th, 2013 3

    This guy will probably get expelled and be sentenced as well as fined.

  • ChickenHead
    10:34 am on December 19th, 2013 4

    The real story here is how he covered his tracks in many ways yet they still quickly identified him.

    There is a very strong lesson there about privacy.

  • John in LA
    10:47 am on December 19th, 2013 5

    ahh, poor kid.

    When I was going to certain college in the 90s, pulling fire alarm during final exam period was in fashion. Some kids not ready for finals would ask other friends to pull fire alarm in the building which would cancel/force the final exam.

    It got so bad at times that I heard from friends that a professor would yell at his lecture hall with a few hundred students (so yes this was not a private college) to STAY in there and finish their exams, with fire alarm going off throughout the building.

    Some professors posted his grad students as guards at EACH of the fire alarm station throughout the building.

    Miss those days.

  • John in NY
    1:01 pm on December 19th, 2013 6

    Ah, the good ol’ college days. I remember for my freshman level medical biology class, we had 4 major exams, 3 of which were cancelled due to some pranksters pulling the fire alarms in the middle of the exams. We ended up taking a marathon final exam to rival any MCAT exam that covered everything in the history of biology. There was no more effective way to weed out the pretenders who wanted to become pre-med majors than this. Even some of the eventual pre-med majors had to retake this class.

  • John in NY
    1:07 pm on December 19th, 2013 7

    Wow, how eerie is that, John in LA is like my long lost twin separated at birth.

  • JoeC
    4:45 pm on December 19th, 2013 8

    #4

    Yes. What I understand from this indicates he did as little hackers preparation study for this as he did in preparation for his exam. So, as #2 said, an MIT student would likely have done much better.

    What’s said was he tried to use a proxy system called Tor to obfuscate the source IP address from which he sent his email. But he sent the email from somewhere within the Harvard university campus. Since his source and destination addresses were both within the same ISP server system, the obfuscation never had a chance to occur. They caught him in less that hour.

    Exam FAIL. :roll:

  • King Baeksu
    5:31 pm on December 19th, 2013 9

    In another interview with The Korea Times, Kim blamed his action on his visiting professor’s nationality, which happens to be Japanese.

    “Until Japan demonstrates a ‘sincere’ attitude towards history, I cannot accept the legitimacy or authority of Professor’s Suzuki’s final exam. This is nonnegotiable.”

    “Of course, I’ll also be boycotting the Tokyo Olympics,” Kim added, before heading off for lunch at the popular Cafe Sushi on Harvard Square.

  • Bob
    5:32 pm on December 19th, 2013 10

    #8,

    In other words, Harvard students aren’t all as smart as Harvard would like us to believe. What a surprise.

  • Baek, In-je
    7:18 pm on December 19th, 2013 11

    With the Boston bombing and other domestic terrorist activities, they’ll throw this kyopo under the bus. Kyopos: neither really Korean nor really American. Koreans don’t like them, Americans don’t like them.

  • Baek, In-je
    7:20 pm on December 19th, 2013 12

    Bob: “In other words, Korean Harvard students aren’t all as smart as Koreans would like us to believe. What a surprise.”
    Cleaned that up for you.

  • Avatar of Leon LaPorteLeon LaPorte
    7:25 pm on December 19th, 2013 13

    Drank too much of the Dokdo kool-aide. :roll:

  • Dr. Smith
    11:16 pm on December 19th, 2013 14

    Those evil mee-gook picking on poor Koreans, again.

  • Baek, In-je
    1:27 am on December 20th, 2013 15

    Maybe he can use the ‘please understand my culture; I was drunk’ excuse. It has worked in Korea since 5000 years of “culture (sic).”

  • Bob
    3:35 am on December 20th, 2013 16

    #12,

    You need to get a life.

  • Baek, In-je
    4:48 am on December 20th, 2013 17

    I have a life, Bob. And I spend it hating Koreans.

  • ChipperB
    1:23 pm on December 20th, 2013 18

    He got into Harvard because of his exceptionally high SAT score. His SAT tutor probably had the answers to the SAT Test.

  • johnnyboy
    4:48 pm on December 20th, 2013 19

    #15

    “Please understand my culture; I was up for 3 days straight playing Starcraft.”

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:44 pm on December 20th, 2013 20

    16. Bob: Whatever.

  • Glans
    7:59 pm on December 20th, 2013 21

    20. Leon: ‘Whatever’ is the most annoying word. Kevin Murphy, relying on a Marist poll, reports for Reuters. :razz:

  • tbonetylr
    8:18 pm on December 20th, 2013 22

    @9,
    “Until Japan demonstrates a ‘sincere’ attitude towards history, I cannot accept the legitimacy or authority of Professor’s Suzuki’s final exam. This is nonnegotiable.”

    It’s now evident that this “Korean-American student” named Kim, El-do is more Korean than American.

  • Baek, In-je
    8:46 pm on December 20th, 2013 23

    “Ah, the good ol’ college days. I remember for my freshman level medical biology class, we had 4 major exams, 3 of which were cancelled due to some pranksters pulling the fire alarms in the middle of the exams. We ended up taking a marathon final exam to rival any MCAT exam that covered everything in the history of biology. There was no more effective way to weed out the pretenders who wanted to become pre-med majors than this. Even some of the eventual pre-med majors had to retake this class.”

    But you were given the answers before the test by other Koreans, right? There is a huge underground cheating network of Korean students. I’d blow the whistle at my grad school, but in doing so, implicate someone I care for, so I wont.

    Just remember everyone: when you go to see a Korean doctor, whether in Korea or in the States, he’s cheated on his exams. I wouldn’t see a Korean doctor unless I had to. We all have horror stories of non-qualified and non-thinking Korean “doctors.”

  • ChickenHead
    9:41 pm on December 20th, 2013 24

    Another interesting quote from the article King Baeksu linked…

    “With a angry look, Kim responded, ‘I must question if Professor Suzuki is qualified to teach biology as he refused to acknowledge the special circumstances of kimchee fermentation in regards to good health and he chastised me in front of everyone when I simply tried to inform the class.’”

  • King Baeksu
    10:45 pm on December 20th, 2013 25

    ChickenHead, did you see the other report of a large demonstration against Prof. Suzuki on Harvard Square, organized by the Kimchi Historical Truth and Preservation Society (Plus Dokdo and Whatever Else We Can Think of at the Moment and/or Feel Like)?

    After the gathering became unruly, local police were called in to disperse the demonstrators with tear gas, but several were overpowered by the garlic fumes themselves and passed out before being able to complete their mission.

    Another late-breaking report indicates that an incensed Kim Jong-un has now confined Dennis Rodman to his hotel room in Pyongyang and taken away his basketball, which was machine-gunned to shreds by elite soldiers in the hotel lobby.

    In response, the South’s Democratic Party blamed the entire affair on President Park, and were calling for a “mass line” hunger strike to protest her “reversion to dictatorship” “and “subversion of democracy.”

    President Park replied, “I wish them good luck with their fast and would be very pleased to see them carry on all the way to the bitter end.”

    Meanwhile, the Swedish Ambassador in Pyongyang, who dined at the restaurant of Rodman’s hotel later that night, Tweeted that his kimchi was especially tough and chewy, with a “curiously smoky aftertaste” that he nevertheless found “delightful.”

    Stay tuned for more details at 11.

 

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