Skip to comments.3 more bomb threats reported at different (University of) Pitt buildings
Posted on 04/05/2012 4:12:44 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
PITTSBURGH Wednesday night the 14th, 15th and 16th bomb threats were reported at different buildings on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
School officials sent out the following alert to students and staff just after 5 p.m., "A general bomb threat has been received for the Cathedral of Learning, Posvar Hall and Litchfield Tower C. Please evacuate these buildings. If safe to do so please tell others of this message."
Wedneday morning a 13th bomb threat was reported at a building on the University of Pittsburgh's campus.
The threat was reported at Thackeray Hall around 10:30 a.m.
University officials increased a reward for information about the wave of recent bomb threats on campus from $10,000 to $50,000.
Just this week alone two bomb threats prompted evacuations at David Lawrence Hall, the Cathedral of Learning, the Chevron Science Center and the Litchfield Towers.
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Yep, I just heard him talking about that.
Reminds me of working the Wall St. area in the early 70’s, but at the time there were also some actual bombings.
Who was doing the bombing then—Bill Ayers types?
Forgive me, but if Litchfield Towers were razed I’m sure there are more than a few people that wouldn’t consider it much of a loss. I remember their nickname in the ‘70s being “Sodom and Gomorrah” and them being considered an eye sore, but then that could have just been a CMU-PIT rivalry thing ;) Prayers for everyone’s safety.
Could be as simple as “I still haven’t finished my term paper yet. Hmmmmm....how can I push back the deadline a couple more days?”
Q. What do you call a bomb exploding at Posvar Hall?
A. Urban renewal
On a more serious note, I was attending CMU when there was the explosion in Langley Hall in 1977 that killed 2 people. My roommate and I walked down to see the damage. It was quite disturbing.
I remember that too. Chemistry experiment going awry as I recall.
PHILLY.com (AP): Pittsburgh - "BOMB-THREAT SERIES RATTLES THE PITT CAMPUS More than 20 have been made since mid-February. Lately, they've been e-mailed" (SNIPPET: "Police and experts say the sender is using an online "retailer" that relays e-mails through several intermediaries so the origin of the message cannot be traced, though some e-mails apparently were routed through computers in Austria.") (APRIL 7, 2012, 3:01 am) (Read More...)
“Litchfield Towers Targeted In Latest Pitt Bomb Threat”
April 14, 2012 7:45 AM
SNIPPET: “PITTSBURGH (KDKA) Another bomb threat was made against the University of Pittsburgh campus Saturday morning.
Around 7 a.m. the Litchfield Towers were evacuated and police were working to search the building.
Dozens of bomb threats have been made against the campus over the past few weeks, but no arrests have been made in the case yet.”
SNIPPET: “A $50,000 reward is being offered in the case as well.”
“FBI seizes Mixmaster servers
Pittsburgh Uni threat investigation heating up”
By Richard Chirgwin
Posted in Security, 19th April 2012 23:40 GMT
SNIPPET: “Non-profit Riseup claims the FBI has seized a Mixmaster server from a colo shared by Riseup Networks in New York City.
The organization has issued a media release linking the siezure to investigations into Mixmaster as part of its investigation into ongoing bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh.
The university has received more than 90 bomb threats since February.
According to Riseup, another user of the facility, May First/People Link, says the server was removed under an FBI search warrant. As well as a Mixmaster remailer, Riseup claims the server, operated by the European Counter Network, hosted an Italian cyber rights mailing list and a Mexican migrant solidarity group.”
NOTE The following text is a quote:
Three Charged with Making Threats Against University of Pittsburgh
U.S. Attorneys Office
August 15, 2012
PITTSBURGHA federal grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania today returned two indictments charging a resident of Dublin, Ireland, with a series of crimes related to e-mailed threats targeting the University of Pittsburgh, three federal courthouses, and a federal officer. A third indictment charges two Ohio men for additional online threats against the university, announced U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.
A 35-count indictment named Adam Stuart Busby, 64, of Dublin, as the sole defendant. According to the indictment, from March 30, 2012 until April 21, 2012, Busby sent more than 40 e-mails targeting the University of Pittsburgh campus. The e-mailed bomb threats resulted in more than 100 evacuations at the University of Pittsburgh, greatly disrupting the university community. The indictment charges Busby with 17 counts of wire fraud, 16 counts of maliciously conveying false information in the form of bomb threats, and two counts of international extortion.
A separate but related four-count indictment alleges that on June 20 and 21, 2012, Busby maliciously conveyed false information through the Internet claiming bombs had been placed at U.S. courthouses located in Pittsburgh, Erie, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In addition, Busby is charged with threatening David J. Hickton, a federal officer, while he was engaged in the performance of his official duties.
A one-count indictment named Alexander Waterland, 24, of Loveland, Ohio; and Brett Hudson, 26, of Hillsboro, Ohio, as defendants. According to the indictment, between April 25, 2012 and May 23, 2012, Waterland and Hudson engaged in a conspiracy targeting the University of Pittsburgh with interstate threats claiming they were associates of the computer hacking group Anonymous. The threatsposted on YouTube by a user calling himself AnonOperative13, sent via e-mail, and publicized via Twitterattempted to extort the chancellor of the university into placing an apology on the universitys website. The threats claimed that if the chancellor did not comply with their demands, confidential information stored on the computer servers of the University of Pittsburgh would be released.
The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years in prison. The maximum penalty for maliciously conveying false information is 10 years in prison. The maximum penalty for extortionate threats is two years in prison. Because all counts charged are felonies, the maximum fine on each count is $250,000. The law provides for a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both for Waterland and Hudson. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Kitchen is prosecuting these cases on behalf of the government.
The FBI, the Western Pennsylvania Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the University of Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in these cases.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.