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(Boston.com)   20 year old Harvard student caught hiding behind six proxies after emailing bomb threat   (boston.com) divider line 63
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2013-12-18 02:20:50 AM
A bow-tie wearing farker.

www.everyjoe.com
 
2013-12-18 02:25:41 AM
FTA: "According to an FBI affidavit, Kim used a disposable, temporary e-mail address and a temporary Internet Protocol"

Do they mean temporary IP address?

So he connected to the wifi network with a static ip, and then thought, "man, there's no way to catch me now?"

He must be a legacy admission.
 
2013-12-18 02:27:30 AM
Why would you not just make a new email at a public workstation in a library?

Do any models of burner phone have internet access at wifi locations?
 
2013-12-18 02:28:59 AM
When I was in college 30+ years ago, bomb threats always occurred during finals, and they weren't taken too seriously. Classes were never cancelled; signs were placed in the dorms and on various campus buildings warning students about the threats, and that was it. No bombings ever occurred. My, how times have changed.
 
2013-12-18 02:29:58 AM

Smackledorfer: Why would you not just make a new email at a public workstation in a library?

Do any models of burner phone have internet access at wifi locations?


They still have internet cafes around. Walk in with a hat and sunglasses, throw down a few dollars in cash to rent a station for 5 minutes. Done. And I went to a PUBLIC university.
 
2013-12-18 02:31:47 AM
If he's kicked out of Harvard I don't see how he could possibly continue to research "partisan taunting". If only there was a free website...
 
2013-12-18 02:32:17 AM

Smackledorfer: Do any models of burner phone have internet access at wifi locations?


Most pre-paid phones can access the Internet these days. No wifi needed.
 
2013-12-18 02:33:29 AM

fusillade762: Smackledorfer: Do any models of burner phone have internet access at wifi locations?

Most pre-paid phones can access the Internet these days. No wifi needed.


And also one could merely call the threat in.
 
2013-12-18 02:35:00 AM

Smackledorfer: fusillade762: Smackledorfer: Do any models of burner phone have internet access at wifi locations?

Most pre-paid phones can access the Internet these days. No wifi needed.

And also one could merely call the threat in.


From a pay phone. They're getting harder to find, though.
 
2013-12-18 02:37:31 AM

Lorelle: From a pay phone. They're getting harder to find, though.


Fun fact - any working mobile phone will call 911, even without a sim card or payment plan. Just swipe an old phone from the donation bins for them.
 
2013-12-18 02:39:14 AM
I blame the movie "Road Trip".
 
2013-12-18 02:44:39 AM
Geez, just take the final and claim your A-, ya entitled brat.
 
2013-12-18 02:50:12 AM
On an undated biography on the website for Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Kim identified himself as a research assistant helping to analyze "partisan taunting." He also called himself a writer for the Harvard International Review and a dancer with the Harvard Breakers. In addition, he claimed to enjoy "playing pool, trying new restaurants, watching terrible cult films, and playing with his Mini Schnauzer puppy."

Tea Party member, sure thing.
 
2013-12-18 02:51:00 AM

USP .45: On an undated biography on the website for Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Kim identified himself as a research assistant helping to analyze "partisan taunting." He also called himself a writer for the Harvard International Review and a dancer with the Harvard Breakers. In addition, he claimed to enjoy "playing pool, trying new restaurants, watching terrible cult films, and playing with his Mini Schnauzer puppy."

Tea Party member, sure thing.



Lulz.
 
2013-12-18 03:03:18 AM
He did get out of taking the exam, so he has that going for him.
 
2013-12-18 03:03:42 AM

USP .45: On an undated biography on the website for Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Kim identified himself as a research assistant helping to analyze "partisan taunting." He also called himself a writer for the Harvard International Review and a dancer with the Harvard Breakers. In addition, he claimed to enjoy "playing pool, trying new restaurants, watching terrible cult films, and playing with his Mini Schnauzer puppy."

Tea Party member, sure thing.


Wonder what his Fark handle is...he's gotta be in the Politics tab.
 
2013-12-18 03:07:23 AM
On an undated biography on the website for Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Kim identified himself as a research assistant helping to analyze "partisan taunting."

He deserves life without parole.
 
2013-12-18 03:07:57 AM

you are a puppet: If he's kicked out of Harvard I don't see how he could possibly continue to research "partisan taunting". If only there was a free website...


You have to pay something like $5 monthly for the special taunting
 
2013-12-18 03:13:39 AM

Lorelle: When I was in college 30+ years ago, bomb threats always occurred during finals, and they weren't taken too seriously. Classes were never cancelled; signs were placed in the dorms and on various campus buildings warning students about the threats, and that was it. No bombings ever occurred. My, how times have changed.


I'm given to understand that Life As We Know It changed on 9/11 and can never ever be the same again.
 
2013-12-18 03:14:56 AM

Lorelle: When I was in college 30+ years ago, bomb threats always occurred during finals, and they weren't taken too seriously. Classes were never cancelled; signs were placed in the dorms and on various campus buildings warning students about the threats, and that was it. No bombings ever occurred. My, how times have changed.


9/11 CHANGED EVERYTHING!
 
2013-12-18 03:22:30 AM
he used TOR and guerilla mail and still got caught
 
2013-12-18 03:25:40 AM
He should have used over 9000
 
2013-12-18 03:35:38 AM
One final exam I had while going for my first degree, There was a resked of a final, due to a tanker of acid rolling over on a freeway exit ramp. Still got an "A" in the course for UNiX Admin.
 
2013-12-18 03:47:22 AM

sendtodave: Lorelle: When I was in college 30+ years ago, bomb threats always occurred during finals, and they weren't taken too seriously. Classes were never cancelled; signs were placed in the dorms and on various campus buildings warning students about the threats, and that was it. No bombings ever occurred. My, how times have changed.

9/11 CHANGED EVERYTHING!


consequences will never be the same
 
2013-12-18 03:50:44 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: FTA: "According to an FBI affidavit, Kim used a disposable, temporary e-mail address and a temporary Internet Protocol"

Do they mean temporary IP address?

So he connected to the wifi network with a static ip, and then thought, "man, there's no way to catch me now?"

He must be a legacy admission.


It's Harvard, not MIT.
 
2013-12-18 04:10:14 AM
Let's see:

--> harvard wifi ---> tor ---|||||--tor--> guerillamail -> hoax email

The ||||| represents a wall. in the diagram above, from the left side of the wall, nothing can be seen past the wall, to the right side. from
the right side of the wall, nothing can be seen on the left side. (pedantically, the nsa can see through the wall via other hax0r means but not relevantz for this case)

so the fbi dudez went to all peeps who accessed tor (note: prolly via a tor dns call, he prolly download the tor softwarz right before but they could have used a tor ip list as well, though that keeps changing). this peep confessed to the whole thing since he being a harvard kid, is the oppo of leet hax0r

any questions.
 
2013-12-18 05:18:55 AM

Ex-Texan: Still got an "A" in the course for UNiX Admin.


Must not have been a very good course if it taught you to write it "UNiX".

/You sound 31337
 
2013-12-18 05:26:35 AM
He didnt read the pro-tips in l33t h4x0r magazine...

If you are in a network that you know is monitored and logged...
1) Tor traffic by itself will raise admin suspicions.

2) Tor sessions that coincide with the timestamp on your emails give you away even more.

3) never EVER use your own computer or connection even if you think your vpn and 7 proxies are enough.
 
2013-12-18 07:11:04 AM

spicorama: 3) never EVER use your own computer or connection even if you think your vpn and 7 proxies are enough.


Like it's really that difficult to drive down to the local coffee shop and use their connection from the parking lot.  If you're paranoid, many laptops allow you to change the MAC address in the driver settings as well.  This kid was really just not smart enough to be using a computer for illegal things.
 
2013-12-18 07:17:17 AM
 images.somethingawful.com
 
2013-12-18 07:31:32 AM

Gyrfalcon: Lorelle: When I was in college 30+ years ago, bomb threats always occurred during finals, and they weren't taken too seriously. Classes were never cancelled; signs were placed in the dorms and on various campus buildings warning students about the threats, and that was it. No bombings ever occurred. My, how times have changed.

I'm given to understand that Life As We Know It changed on 9/11 and can never ever be the same again.


You know, if you stop and think about it, there might be a reason that Cambridge, MA is a little hyper-cautious about bomb threats than other metropolitan areas. And it has less to do with 9/11 than some may claim.

And to the people saying "this guy wasn't smart enough", just remember: the people smart enough to use computers to commit crimes are the people smart enough to know not to commit crimes.
 
2013-12-18 07:38:39 AM

Smackledorfer: fusillade762: Smackledorfer: Do any models of burner phone have internet access at wifi locations?

Most pre-paid phones can access the Internet these days. No wifi needed.

And also one could merely call the threat in.


Let's see:

--> harvard student ---> payphone ---|||||-- studio phone --> DORM Radio DJ -> bomb threat

any questions.
 
2013-12-18 07:49:43 AM
Way to piss away your life, asshole...
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-12-18 07:59:40 AM
From a pay phone. They're getting harder to find, though.

The pay phones around Harvard Square are believed to be constantly bugged because there is so much drug dealing in the area. (Information Rumor current as of 5 years ago. I don't know if the phones are still around.)
 
2013-12-18 08:29:42 AM
Should have used 7. What a noob.


static2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-12-18 08:36:57 AM

ZAZ: From a pay phone. They're getting harder to find, though.

The pay phones around Harvard Square are believed to be constantly bugged because there is so much drug dealing in the area. (Information Rumor current as of 5 years ago. I don't know if the phones are still around.)


There are still phones in the subway station
 
2013-12-18 08:38:41 AM
Or, accidentally-on-purpose trigger a fire alarm like kids used to do.

Better yet don't be a lazy, selfish dickhole. Study and take the damn test.  Or just take it and suck and ask for a re-test later.  Or something.

But I guess that's what you get when you just want to sit around and troll all day and call it "research on partisan taunting".

Point, click, threat, ???, diploma.

/GIS does not return anything good for "partisan tauntaun"
//currently researching partisan tauntauns
 
2013-12-18 08:39:07 AM
Why would you use the schools network to do this?  I mean worse case tether your phone and then go to tor.
 
2013-12-18 08:48:41 AM
Without a doubt, we now know why he didn't make it into Yale.

/oblig.
 
2013-12-18 08:51:41 AM

Gyrfalcon: I'm given to understand that Life As We Know It changed on 9/11 and can never ever be the same again.


They're probably sensitive because of that college student who bombed the marathon and then attacked the MIT campus with explosives.  Way to overreact Boston!
 
2013-12-18 09:06:14 AM

The_Sponge: USP .45: On an undated biography on the website for Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Kim identified himself as a research assistant helping to analyze "partisan taunting." He also called himself a writer for the Harvard International Review and a dancer with the Harvard Breakers. In addition, he claimed to enjoy "playing pool, trying new restaurants, watching terrible cult films, and playing with his Mini Schnauzer puppy."

Tea Party member, sure thing.


Lulz.


The only partisan taunting I see here is you.   No analysis needed to detect the douche though.
 
2013-12-18 09:06:58 AM

Gonz: And to the people saying "this guy wasn't smart enough", just remember: the people smart enough to use computers to commit crimes are the people smart enough to know not to commit crimes.


The correlation between intelligence and crime is only slightly negative.  There's also the probability that smarter people are better at not getting caught, not necessarily not doing bad things.
 
2013-12-18 09:33:31 AM
Took them long enough. If they had known what they were looking for they would have seen the crude drawing of a cartoon bomb on his dorm room window.
 
2013-12-18 09:44:13 AM
That Haavahd kid is wikkid retaaahdid.

\seriously, common sense dies while crossing the Charles it seems.
 
2013-12-18 09:51:20 AM

Lorelle: When I was in college 30+ years ago, bomb threats always occurred during finals, and they weren't taken too seriously. Classes were never cancelled; signs were placed in the dorms and on various campus buildings warning students about the threats, and that was it. No bombings ever occurred. My, how times have changed.


Yeah, especially after the marathon bombings here, NOBODY is taking that shiat lightly.
 
2013-12-18 09:55:16 AM
I do believe this boy is gayer than a Sunday basket.

NTTAWWT
 
2013-12-18 09:58:56 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: FTA: "According to an FBI affidavit, Kim used a disposable, temporary e-mail address and a temporary Internet Protocol"

Do they mean temporary IP address?

So he connected to the wifi network with a static ip, and then thought, "man, there's no way to catch me now?"

He must be a legacy admission.


Routers do no give out static IP's
 
2013-12-18 10:52:11 AM

msirois: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: FTA: "According to an FBI affidavit, Kim used a disposable, temporary e-mail address and a temporary Internet Protocol"

Do they mean temporary IP address?

So he connected to the wifi network with a static ip, and then thought, "man, there's no way to catch me now?"

He must be a legacy admission.

Routers do no give out static IP's


Sure they can. You can assign a static IP to a mac address and configure every router to give it that IP no matter where it goes in your network. The computer will still be using DHCP but the IP will be static to it.

Though I doubt that's how they caught him. He was inside their network and probably said "I'll use an anonymous VPN" or "proxies are teh bomb. I'm so smart".

So the first thing they did was look at VPN or proxy connections to the internet from their network at around the time the email was sent. That gives them a pool of IPs and MACs that probably has your guy in it if he was stupid enough to send it from your network.

Then you easily get a warrant and contact the email provider. They gladly hand over the IPs connecting to that account as it is a bomb threat and there is a warrant. There's no question this is a legit case. You can't (or maybe the FBI can) determine the other side of the VPN or proxy's IP, but you can compare it with a list of known IPs that proxies and VPNs use to determine which service was being used.

Then you go back to your first IP / MAC pool list and compare it with the known IPs of the VPN / proxy service you now know the perp used. If they were an idiot and sent it from within the Harvard network then you just came up with a short list of people to have the FBI and police to have direct talks with.

Which could have all been avoided by simply using a throw away phone, stealing a basic phone from somewhere, WAR driving, or using a cash loaded credit card to pay for WiFi somewhere (though this will probably mean you have your face on a camera buying it and most places have those recordings for at least 30 days).

I had to comply with an FBI warrant to release IP information in a kidnapping ransom email being sent from a McDonalds when I worked for the ISP that used to provide internet at all of them. They knew the guy was gone, but they were going to show up, grab all security camera footage in the area, and see if the perp slipped up to drop some evidence. It was maybe 30 minutes from when the email was sent to when that McDonalds was crawling with LEOs.
 
2013-12-18 11:12:04 AM

MadMattressMack: Sure they can. You can assign a static IP to a mac address and configure every router to give it that IP no matter where it goes in your network. The computer will still be using DHCP but the IP will be static to it.


I think he meant that by default the router will not give out a static IP you have to make changes to get a static one.
 
2013-12-18 11:21:42 AM
Regardless, a static mapping is the opposite of "temporary."
I can't even begin to guess what they mean by temporary internet protocol.

"He inserted his packets into her WAN, but only used the TIP for security."
 
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