Am I being too much of a jerk or paranoid? Someone is looking for information on building a bomb to blow up a school. Someone else wants to “bomb America”. Should I just ignore them? Both IP addresses traced back to the UK so I sent the following email to Scotland yard.
I also put a webbug in the email so I could (most likely) tell if they read it or not. Nothing yet, but it is the weekend. And what if they don’t read it or respond? Just forget about it and think “I did my job“? I’m just not sure how much effort, if any, I really should invest in these tidbits of information I have.
From: Joe Huffman
Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 6:04 PM
To: Scotland Yard
Subject: People looking for bomb building information.
I am the webmaster for www.boomershoot.org. I recently noticed these entries in the log file:
xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx – – [07/Jan/2005:14:46:33 +0000] “GET /general/BombHelp2001.htm HTTP/1.1” 200 13085 “http://www.google.co.uk/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-GB%3Aofficial_s&hl=en&q=how+to+make+a+bomb+to+blow+up+a+school&meta=&btnG=Google+Search” “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-GB; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041110 Firefox/1.0”
xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx – – [07/Jan/2005:15:25:45 +0000] “GET /general/BombHelp2000.htm HTTP/1.0” 200 21631 “http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=I+want+to+bomb+America+can+somebody+help%3F&hl=en&lr=&start=10&sa=N” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)”
Both of these google searches came from the UK. I don’t know of they are serious threats or not, you are in a much better position to answer that question than I.
If I can be of any further help in this matter please let me know.
Moscow, Idaho, USA
I could not live with myself if I knew I could have prevented another Columbine or similar by sending an email.