Harvard University student Eldo Kim has been named in a criminal complaint alleging he was responsible for bomb threats at the college this week.
His stunt led Harvard school officials to delay some final exams that had been scheduled for Monday, which it turns out was exactly his intention.
Totally worth it.
Kim, 20, of Cambridge, Mass., allegedly e-mailed bomb threats at about 8:30 a.m. on Monday to offices associated with Harvard, including to University police.
The subject line in each of the messages read "bombs placed around campus" and cited "shrapnel bombs" in four buildings on the school's main campus.
"2/4. guess correctly. be quick or they will go off soon," they said.
The Harvard police called in the FBI, ATF, Secret Service, Cambridge Police Department and the Boston Police Department, as well as local first responders.
The buildings were evacuated and swept by bomb technicians and hazmat officers, and access to Harvard Yard was restricted to students with IDs.
Shortly before 3 p.m., long after Kim's exam had been canceled for the day, officials concluded that the threats were a hoax and reopened the buildings.
"Those who missed their exams due to the evacuation should be in touch with administrators about a makeup date," the school newspaper said.
The e-mail messages had been sent through a service called Guerrilla Mail, which creates temporary and anonymous e-mail messages, according to officials.
The person had used a product called TOR, which assigns an anonymous Internet Protocol address that can be used to hide the identity of the sender, it added.
But the sender failed to do that, according to the complaint.
Harvard determined that, "in the several hours leading up to the receipt of the e-mail messages described above, Eldo Kim accessed TOR using Harvard's wireless network."
The Harvard Crimson identified Kim as a sophomore.
An FBI agent found Kim at campus residence, where he "stated that he authored the bomb threat e-mails" and said he had acted alone, the complaint says.
"According to Kim, he was motivated by a desire to avoid a final exam scheduled to be held on (Monday)," the complaint against Kim said.
In a statement, school officials said they were "saddened by the details alleged in the criminal complaint" but had no further comment at this time.
If convicted, the penal code states the student could face a maximum of five years in prison, three years of suspended release, and a $250,000 fine.