LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two computer hackers have been charged with sending false shooting and bomb threats to hundreds of schools in the U.S. and Britain.
The DOJ said Tuesday the men are members of the Apophis Squad, a collective of hackers intent on using the internet to sow chaos.
The indictment says Timothy Vaughn, 20, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, used the online handle “WantedbyFeds.”
George Duke-Cohan, 19, of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, is currently serving a prison sentence in Britain for a hoax threat targeting an airliner.
It wasn’t known if the defendants have attorneys.
The indictment alleges the Apophis Squad made false threats and engaged in “swatting,” in which a phony report is made to trigger deployment of emergency response teams.