Virginia Tech student arrested for threat over Yik Yak

Stories like this almost make me happy that some people aren’t smart enough to realize that “anonymous” social media apps aren’t truly anonymous.

Kiung Moon is a senior at Virginia Tech University, majoring in business information technology.  Moon was arrested by local police for posting the following very thinly-veiled threat against the university on Yik Yak last month:

Another 4.16 moment is going to happen tomorrow. Just a warning.

“4.16” refers to 4/16/2007, the date on which another Virginia Tech student, Seung-Hui Cho, murdered 32 people (and injured others) in a mass shooting rampage.

Though local police did not believe the threat to be credible, a campus-wide alert was still emailed to students.  Following this, Moon decided to turn himself into police.

According to the Virginia Tech News, Kiung Moon has been charged with one count of Harassment by Computer, a Class One Misdemeanor.

As stated previously, Yik Yak is far from being an anonymous service, they collect information on the device, namely the IP address and GPS coordinates, to determine from where a message is posted.  The company has cooperated with law enforcement many times in the past regarding threats made over its service.  Some schools have banned its use because of bullying/threat concerns.

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