Two suspects worked in Mason, where hacking threats were made
The Associated Press
An Ohio man will plead guilty to sending anonymous YouTube threats in which he claimed to have hacked into the University of Pittsburgh’s computer system on the heels of a series of unrelated disruptive bomb threats, his attorney told The Associated Press.
Brett Hudson will admit he’s guilty “and he’s going to get on with his life,” defense attorney Warner Mariani said.
Hudson, 26, of Hillsboro, Ohio, is scheduled to enter the plea Oct. 17 in federal court. He and Alexander Waterland, 24, of Loveland, Ohio, were indicted in August on a charge of conspiring to commit interstate extortion using a computer. The FBI says the men claimed to be members of the hacking group Anonymous who had obtained confidential computer information on students and faculty.
Waterland has pleaded not guilty and his attorney didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday. Online court records indicate he still plans to contest the charge at trial.
Neither man is charged in connection with the bomb threats — which were first scrawled on men’s room stalls and later emailed to the school or local media outlets — in the weeks before the hacker threats surfaced in late April.
“We are anonymous! We are Legion!” said one email threat which purported to have some of the stolen information attached to it. “We are your brothers & sisters! We are the students and faculty of Pitt! We are your worst nightmare! The internet is here! You Will now Expect US!”
The Ohio men both worked as computer technicians for Express Scripts, an online prescription drug company in Mason, Ohio, when the hacking threats were made. Mariani said both have lost their jobs.
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