Two hackers charged with Minecraft-linked bomb threats that led to school evacuations

Two alleged hackers in Southern California have been arrested and charged with multiple offenses following widespread Minecraft-related hoaxes that led to hundreds of schools in the UK and US being evacuated over false bomb threats.

Timothy Dalton Vaughn and George Duke-Cohan, otherwise known by their respective hacker aliases “wantedbyfeds” and “DigitalCrimes,” were charged on February 8th with hacking crimes, conspiracy, and “interstate threats involving explosives,” referring to the numerous bomb threats sent to different schools. Court documents claim that Vaughn and Duke-Cohan, acting within a hacker organization known as Apophis Squad, coordinated a series of “bomb and school-shooting threats designed to cause fear of imminent…

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