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Hacker Makes Threat to 'Shoot Up' Oswego School

May 24, 2015 02:36PM, Published by Steven Jack, Categories: Education, News, Police




ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MAY 24, 2015 

Read an updated to this story here

Oswego Police are investigating an email threat against Southbury Elementary School that may have its origins from overseas. 

According to Police Chief Jeff Burgner, about 300 Southbury subdivision residents on a Yahoo group email list received a message Sunday morning at about 5 a.m. with the title “I Will Shoot Up Your School.” 

Burgner said it appears as if the email was sent through a local email account that may have been hacked from either California or Amsterdam. 

The hacked email account belongs to a woman who previously lived at the home involved in a Twitter hack incident from last month, involving the Tesla Motor Company and its founder Elon Musk, Burgner said. 

In that attack, the Twitter account of the electric car company was hacked with messages that free Tesla cars were being given away and listed phone numbers and address of Amy Strater and her son, Blair Henry Strater, of Oswego. 

A report last month on CNBC.com regarding the Tesla hack said Blair Strater works as a so-called “white-hat” hacker that helps large corporations find holes in their online security. The report also stated the family believes the previous incident was the work of a hacker from Finland. 

Burgner said Oswego Police spoke to Amy Strater Sunday, and she confirmed that her email was hacked, along with another of her online accounts. 

As for the Southbury threat, Burgner said though Oswego Police aren’t considering it credible, they plan stepped up patrols around the school when students return on Tuesday. If School District 308 would like police officers inside the school on Tuesday, Burgner said they would be provided. 

“We haven’t spoken with the school district yet, but that’s a conversation I hope to have before the end of the day,” Burgner said Sunday afternoon. “If there is more the school would like to do, we will certainly accommodate that.”


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