Ohio man faces fed sentence in Pitt threats case
PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Ohio man is scheduled for sentencing before a federal judge in Pittsburgh for his role in sending anonymous YouTube threats claiming to have hacked into the University of Pittsburgh’s computer system on the heels of a series of unrelated bomb threats.
Twenty-six-year-old Brett Hudson, of Hillsboro, Ohio, pleaded guilty in October and his co-defendant, Alexander Waterland, of Loveland, Ohio, has already been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.
The men claimed to be members of the hacking group Anonymous who had obtained confidential information on students and faculty.
The hacking threats were received last Spring, just as the university had finished dealing with bomb threats that had plagued the campus since February. The hacking threats capitalized on unease caused by the bomb threats, which canceled classes and prompted dozens of building evacuations.