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IUPD Continues Investigating Threatening E-mail Reports

The emails, which threatened assassination unless ransom is paid, came from somewhere outside the U.S. The hacker broke into an IU student's email account.

Indiana University police are investigating a threatening e-mail sent from an IU student’s hijacked account. Captain Jerry Minger says police and information technology security personnel are trying to determine how scammers hacked in to the account. He says the investigation has revealed the message, which threatens assassination if ransom isn’t paid, originated from somewhere outside the US. Minger says the estimated 2000 recipients do have something in common.

Minger says his department has received about five complaints so far, but he says because the message originated outside the US, it’s outside the IUPD’s jurisdiction. He says the matter is being addressed by IU internet security staff, and reports may be handed over to the FBI or other agencies for further investigation. Minger says the student’s account from which the e-mails were sent has been disabled.

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