International ‘chaos’ hackers charged with phony bomb threats to hundreds of schools
A pair of computer hackers have been arrested in an internet scheme to “sow chaos” by sending phony bomb threats to hundreds of schools and other places in the U.S. and Britain, a federal indictment alleged Tuesday.
Timothy Vaughn, 20, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and George Duke-Cohan, 19, of Hertforshire, United Kingdom, were both charged by the FBI this week. The men are members of Apophis Squad, a worldwide collective of hackers, the Department of Justice said in Los Angeles.
Vaughn, who used the online handles “WantedbyFeds” and “Hacker–R–US,” and Duke-Cohan made false threats of shootings and bombings last year that were intended “to cause fear of imminent danger and did cause the closure of hundreds of schools on two continents on multiple occasions,” the indictment said.
One phony threat targeted Los Angeles International Airport, the indictment alleges. In many of the school threats, authorities were contacted in mass emails and were told that pipe bombs had been planted in buildings.
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