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FBI: Hackers in Finland made threats against US schoolkids

Report in the Chicago Tribune claims that email sent to 300 Illinois parents targeting local primary school turned out to be a hoax, but originated from Finland.

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An email sent to over 300 parents in the US, which referenced threats made against a local primary school, originated from a computer in Finland, the FBI have said.

The Chicago Tribune reported that parents in the town of Oswego, Illinois, received threats targeting students at Southbury Elementary School last month. Although the message was deemed to be a hoax, police presence was increased at the schools in the district, the paper said.

On Friday Oswego police said that they had received help assistance from the FBI to investigate the source of the treats, which appeared to come from a Yahoo email address registered to a local resident. However officers said that the account had been hacked, and that the message was in fact sent from Finland.

A representative of Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation said on Sunday that Finnish authorities have not been contacted by the FBI in connection with the incident.

The tabloid Ilta-Sanomat first reported the case in Finland.

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