Server yields no clues to U. of Pittsburgh bomb threats

A server seized in connection with a series of bomb threats directed at the University of Pittsburgh won't help authorities find the perpetrator, Computerworld reports.

The server, which the FBI seized April 18 from a colocation facility in New York shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link, used the anonymous remailer Mixmaster. The program scrubs e-mail messages of routing data to make their sources untraceable.

The University of Pittsburgh has received several dozen bomb threats over a two-month period, but authorities have not found any explosives.

Riseup, which provides tech support to progressive political groups including feminist and gay rights organizations, dismissed the seizure of the servers as "extra-judicial punishment and an attack on free speech." The group said the server supported 300 websites, e-mail accounts and e-mail lists for numerous organizations.

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