Are Russian hackers responsible for yesterday’s latest school bomb threats.

The Mirror is reporting that Russian hackers may have struck again as a series of bomb threats were made to schools throughout the UK.

The pro-Vladimir Putin group, who go by the name ‘Ev4cuati0n Squad’, have been suspended from Twitter after claiming responsibility for a series of similar incidents last week in London and Cornwall.

And this morning six schools in Birmingham and two in Glasgow were targeted with bomb threats.

Police in Sydney and Paris also dealt with similar incidents.

Last week the group invited people to “send in requests for your school/work/business/etc to be sent a bomb threat”.

It read: “Hello, and we are EvacuationSquad.

“We do what we do for a few reasons: We hate the American government, we hate authority and we LOVE to cause mayhem.”

On Twitter, the @Ev4cuati0nSquad profile gloated about the attacks.

One tweet read: “Schools in Paris dropping like flies.”

Another added: “How’s the West Midlands doing?”.

While authorities have ruled out today’s bomb threats as hoaxes, experts will now be probing if there is a sinister political motive behind the threats – and if the Russian group will again claim responsibility for the incidents…

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Our recent poll suggested readers think schools should continue to evacuate when threats are received but is there any correlation at all between these threats and actual terrorism?

Do today’s terrorists have any history of issuing these kinds of warnings? 

One school has been evacuated on three different days over two weeks. At what stage does it say ‘enough is enough’?

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Comments

  1. Schools receiving bomb threats was common during the IRA campaign.  But these were done by phone.  Today it’s much easier to send threats using the internet.
    Threats must be taken seriously – the troublemakers count on people acting responsibly when they themselves do not.
    I’m not convinced the group behind the hoaxes (if it is just one group) is a political group.  More likely to be teenagers in bedrooms.

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