Two alleged Southern California hackers have been charged and charged with widespread Minecraft jokes for multiple offenses that resulted in hundreds of schools in the UK and US being evacuated for false bombing.
Timothy Dalton Vaughn and George Duke-Cohan, otherwise known by their respective hacker aliases "Wantbyfeds" and "DigitalCrimes," were accused of hacking crime, conspiracy and "interstate threats of explosives" on 8 February Sent to schools. Court documents allege that Vaughn and Duke-Cohan, acting within a hacker organization known as the Apophis Squad, co-ordinated a series of "bombing and firing threats that created fears of imminent danger and caused hundreds of schools on two continents to close several times.
Reports of Vaughn and Duke-Cohan's actions first appeared in March 201
"Detectives have looked at e-mails that seem to come from the US – and can confirm that there is no viable threat," the department wrote on Twitter.
Sky News later reported that the emails were "faked" when trying to set the domain for VeltPvP, a popular Minecraft server. The prosecutors claim that Apophis Squad also used the e-mails to appear as if the threats came from the mayor of London and Zonix, a client frequently used for Minecraft (19459004) alongside VeltPvP. Vaughan and Duke-Cohen used discord servers and IRC rooms along with other members of the Apophis squad to court documents to coordinate emails to different schools.
Threats were sent out over several months, with numerous incidents mentioned in court records. Apophis Squad used Twitter to ask people who wanted a school day to send cash to the hacker squad, and would send an e-mail in response. On April 28, 2018, Duke-Cohen tweeted under the Twitter grip of Apophis Squad that "it was planned to beat as many schools as possible on Monday."
"We hope that anyone who just has one day off or wants to get off this math test! Will send us schools via email," Duke-Cohen wrote after documents. "We are working hard to Receive 100,000 emails. "