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18-year old French student arrested for worldwide bomb threats

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I'm pretty sure this is total BS. Those calls were VERY well planed, Maybe this "kid" did the actual calls, but people in the area of each were relaying information about response timing, types!


A teenage computer wizard with links to bomb threats against schools all over the world is being held by police in France, MailOnline can reveal.

Vincent Lauton, an 18-year-old who still lives with his parents, is being questioned by detectives in Paris over the bomb hoax threats which spread fear from the UK to Australia with 'You Will Die' messages that prompted mass security operations.

Described by French police as  'a sophisticated computer operative', Lauton is linked to the 'Evacuators 2K16' bomb hoaxers, who called on children to Tweet if they want their school shut down.

The result was the anonymous web anarchists made fake threats to schools around the world, including at least 14 in Britain, and more in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo. 

On Tuesday morning heavily armed police swooped on the half-a-million pound home where Lauton lives with his parents in the picturesque Burgundy village of Marsannay le Bois, near Dijon.

His astonished father Daniel Lauton, a 67-year-old engineer businessman, said: 'He's not a criminal – he's not the kind of person who puts bombs in schools.

'He's a teenager like any other – a little angry maybe, but not a criminal. When the police arrived they went straight to my son's room, where they said he had been threatening people. I was very surprised.'

An armed convoy took Lauton to a secure police station in Paris, some 150 miles away, and today his custody was extended under emergency powers.

France has been under a high state of alert since last year's terrorist attacks in Paris, when gunmen and suicide bombers linked to Islamic State and al-Qaeda murdered 130 people.

Since then, there have been numerous threats made against targets across France by so-called cyber-terrorists.

A MailOnline investigation found Lauton, who was believed to be studying at Burgundy University, was the administrator of the darkness.su domain - behind which the hoaxers are hiding.

The dark web exists on overlay networks that require specialist software and authorisation to access it.

The domain allows shadowy organisations to operate anonymously and with impunity on the dark web by hiding their IP addresses.

ts content - much of it highly offensive and potentially dangerous - is not indexed by mainstream search engines, and locating its source can baffle even the most technologically advanced specialist police units.

And Lauton’s darkness.su site was the perfect place for 'Evacuators 2K16' to set up shop.

From there, the group had planned to start charging for its bomb warning service – with prices starting at $5 for a school, rising to $50 for a major' sporting event.

But in the beginning, the group suggested their motivations were less about money, and more about a hatred of America, while they pledged allegiance to Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad. They also posted a smirking photo of his ally Russian ally Vladimir Putin as their Twitter profile picture.

Another picture was of a flag linked to Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah. 

'We do what we do for a few reasons,' the web group said in a statement. 

'We hate the American government, we hate authority and we LOVE to cause mayhem,' was another message. 


Their bomb threats began two weeks ago, when three schools in Birmingham were evacuated following hoax calls.

Seven days later, six schools in Birmingham were threatened, along with four in London and Cornwall respectively.

The same day, pupils and teachers were also told to evacuate five schools in Paris and Lyon. Sinister messages including the words 'You Will Die' were delivered.

All the alarms turned out to be false, but the evacuations and searches cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

There were similar threats against educational establishments in Amsterdam, Tokyo and Sydney.

Now detectives in Paris are trying to piece together whether Lauton is also the brains behind ‘Evacuators 2K16’.

Known to police for previous acts of piracy, Lauton was 'so well respected' as a hacker, that detectives sometimes turned to him for advice.

A source close to the current investigation told Mail Online: 'He is known as a brilliant computer operative. He can get into pretty much any system, and is a master of the dark web.'

A man claiming to be Lauton's brother says the computer expert is suspected of being behind the classroom chaos.

The man, calling himself William, a student based in Ireland, added he had arrested 'under false charges that he took part in fake bomb alerts in secondary schools in France'.

He wrote on Facebook: 'I can't believe that the police would frame this on him. I think it's disgraceful.

'All I can do for now is hope that they will release him quickly but apart from the story being covered by all news companies in the country and other charges being brought up and blamed on him, I sincerely doubt that having any hope at all at this stage is pointless.'

He stated: 'I am almost sure he will end up in jail without a chance to ever live a normal life again.'

Confirming Lauton's arrest, a Paris police source said he was being 'questioned at length'.

He confirmed that the investigation was an anti-terrorist one, but could supply no further details 'for operational reasons'.

No other suspects had yet been located or arrested in connection with the bomb threats, the source added.

Crimminy, they are trying to tie it to ASSAD and Putin?@@#?$#@?@#?$



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 seeker    90

18 and already sought after by detectives working cases

how did they find this master of the untraceable dark-web in the first place?

why did his dad not mention his son's close ties with law enforcement?

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