Feeds

German cops shutter school after net massacre tip-off

Authorities on alert for anniversary killings

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

A German secondary school was closed by police yesterday after internet investigators discovered it was being targeted for a Columbine-style killing spree.

Finnish authorities made the discovery in a chatroom and tipped off their German counterparts in Kaarst, near Düsseldorf.

They were following up the killing of eight people by an 18-year-old earlier this month in Finland. The gunman was active online and posted threats on his blog and YouTube.

German police have not ruled out a link between yesterday's suspected plot and the Finland school massacre, reports say. A US teenager who was planning an attack on a school near Philadelphia had chatted online with Pekka-Eric Auvinen, the Finnish shooter.

Yesterday was also the first anniversary of a shooting rampage by a former pupil at Emsdetten in Germany who injured dozens before turning his weapon on himself.

According to reports, another anniversary copycat attack was foiled in Cologne on Friday when police found two pupils had stockpiled weaponry. One of the suspects later committed suicide by throwing himself under a tram. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report
Man at hardware store was right: name brands DO last longer
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy
Even Moore's Law can't help the architects of statism now
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI
Read the paperwork very carefully - or fall victim to marketing shysters
Rimini Street promises 'business as usual' after Oracle IP judgment
Rimini's wrong on Oracle database licence, says judge
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.