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Threat on UNSW campus

University of New South Wales issues security warning after anonymous online threat.

The University of New South Wales has issued a general security warning to students after an anonymous threat was made online.

The university was made aware of a disturbing post, published to anonymous forum 4chan, reported Pedestrian TV.

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Staff and students from the Kensington campus were alerted of the threat, said to be non-specific, via social media on Monday afternoon.

“UNSW has been made aware of a threat to the safety of staff and students on the Kensington campus,” the university posted on its account.

“We are treating this incident seriously and have been liaising with the NSW Police through the anti-terrorism and security group and Local Area Command.

“Police are advising this is a general, not a specific or direct threat. We will update you when more information comes to hand.”

Students and staff were also sent an email alerting them to the threat.

The university did not tell staff and students to leave the campus, although were told they would not be penalised if they chose to.

4chan is an anonymous forum originally set-up to share Japanese cartoons, known as manga and anime.

However, the blog quickly expanded to become a forum for sharing anything from prank ideas to gaming tips.

In 2014, thousands of photos stolen from celebrities’ personal iClouds were leaked through 4chan.

Two hours before posting the warning on Facebook, the university account advertised its new “Stay Safe Security App”, encouraging students to download it.

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