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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

A 64-year-old man from Ireland has been charged with emailing dozens of bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh.

Adam Stuart Busby of Dublin has been charged with sending more than 40 emails targeting the University between March 30 and April 21. The threats forced more than 100 evacuations at Pitt’s Oakland campus, and one at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Busby faces 17 counts of wire fraud, 16 counts of maliciously conveying false information in the form of bomb threats and two counts of international extortion.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced the charges alongside FBI Special Agent in Charge Gary Douglas Perdue and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg during a news conference at FBI headquarters this afternoon.

Busby is also charged with threatening Hickton and claiming bombs had been placed at courthouses in Pittsburgh, Erie and Johnstown on June 20 and 21.

24-year-old Alexander Waterland of Loveland, Ohio, and 26-year-old Brett Hudson of Hillsboro, Ohio, have also been indicted on charges they engaged in a conspiracy targeting Pitt with interstate threats between April 25 and May 23. Investigators said they claimed to be associated with the computer-hacking group “Anonymous.”

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