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Wednesday
Aug152012

University of Pittsburgh Threats: Scottish Man, Two Hackers Charged

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- A rash of bomb threats that plagued the University of Pittsburgh this spring have apparently ended in charges leveled against a man in Dublin, Ireland, with connections to a Scottish terrorism group who is accused of waging threats over the Internet at least 50 times.

Two men from Ohio who have claimed membership in the hacking group Anonymous were also charged in connection with the threats for their role in threatening to release personal information from the Pittsburgh college's computer system.

Adam Stuart Busby, 64, of Scotland, is currently in custody in Ireland on charges stemming from his activities with the Scottish National Liberation Army. Police announced today that Busby was responsible for emailing more than 50 bomb threats to the university, multiple bomb threats to eastern Pennsylvania courthouses, and specific threats of violence to U.S. attorney David Hickton.

The university was evacuated more than 130 times during the spring semester because of the threats.

Today, Hickton announced that federal law enforcement authorities working on the case had begun to suspect Busby's involvement as early as April, but the investigation took months to bring charges because of international subpoenas to Internet service providers.

A warrant for Busby's arrest will be lodged with Interpol, Hickton said.

Alexander Waterland, of Loveland, Ohio, and Brett Hudson, of Hillsboro, Ohio, were also charged in indictments released today stemming from emails they sent to the university in May about the bomb threats. The two men, identified as members of the hacking group Anonymous, are charged with targeting the computer the university's computer system and releasing personal data.

The two men were identified after they sent emails to the university's administrators promising to end the bomb threats if the university withdrew a monetary reward they had begun offering for information relating to the threats.

Hickton said today that authorities do not know why Busby targeted the University of Pittsburgh, saying that he had no ostensible connection to the school or community.

He was convicted in Dublin in 2010 of sending email threats from a public library to British airline officials at Heathrow claiming bombs were on two flights to New York, according to the Guardian.

Busby has been convicted of previous attacks and hoaxes throughout Great Britain.

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Thursday
Apr122012

Pittsburgh Alum Arrested for Bomb Threats, Threats Continue

ABC News(PITTSBURGH) -- Bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh kept the campus on edge Wednesday night and Thursday morning despite an arrest of a possible suspect.

More than 50 threats have been made against the university and its officials since mid-February, causing constant disruptions to classes and activities on campus along with evacuation of campus buildings and officials' homes.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Pittsburgh University police department and Allegheny County Police arrested Mark Lee Krangle, 65, of Hudson, N.Y., as he arrived to the Pittsburgh airport on a flight from New York on charges of harassment and terroristic threats.

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Krangle allegedly sent threatening emails to four professors at the university, and wrote that he was coming to Pittsburgh to get his theories about the bomb threats out to the public, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Hours after Krangle was arrested, however, the university received two more bomb threats. Around 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening, students were evacuated from a residence hall after a threat was emailed to ABC News' Pittsburgh affiliate, WTAE, saying "Tell Pitt cops - bombs are in the Litchfield Towers and in the William Pitt Union building on campus."

Around 5 a.m. Thursday, five more residence halls were evacuated due to threats. The university said Wednesday the investigation into the threats is ongoing.

Pittsburgh University police were unavailable for comments Thursday morning. The FBI and Pittsburgh police department are assisting in the investigation, according to a police department spokeswoman.

Criminal records show that Krangle was convicted in 2003 of threatening to kidnap, a felony offense for which he served prison time and was ordered to undergo psychiatric therapy. The court documents from the case are sealed.

On his Facebook page, Krangle claims he received his Ph.D. from Pitt, and offers a link to an e-book he authored about his role in the Jimmy Carter administration. He notes that the federal case against him in 2003 was caused by a letter he wrote to ABC TV, alleging that he had information about the 9/11 attacks before they happened.

Krangle, in his recent Facebook posts, tied the Pitt bomb threats to the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Pittsburgh movement.

A $50,000 reward has been offered by the university to anyone who can provide information leading to arrests in the case.  

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