ANN ARBOR— On Tuesday night, University of Michigan engineering students allegedly received threatening racist and anti-Semitic emails attacking African Americans and Jews.
Students said they received them at around 10:30 p.m.
"Hi (N-word), I just wanted to say that I plan to kill all of you,” one email read. “White power! The KKK has returned!!!"
"I just wanted to say the SS will rise again and kill all of your filthy souls," read an email addressed to Jewish students. "Die in a pit of eternal fire!”
The emails appeared to have been sent from the account of computer science and engineering professor J. Alex Halderman, or his Ph.D. student, Matt Bernhard, who does research with him. The latter included the phrase “Heil Trump!"
Halderman said in an email to The Ann Arbor News that the racist and anti-Semitic messages sent to students were "spoofed."
"This evening many EECS undergrads received emails with racist and anti-Semitic content that appeared to be addressed from me or from my Ph.D. student Matt Bernhard," Halderman wrote. "These messages were spoofed. Matt and I did not send them, and we don't know who did. As I teach in my computer security classes, it takes very little technical sophistication to forge the sender's address in an email."
Early Wednesday, U of M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said in an email to The Ann Arbor News that the Division of Public Safety & Security and the ITS security team are investigating.
"This almost certainly involves a hacker, but the emails remain under investigation," Fitzgerald said.