Intel sub-contractor had friend make hoax bomb call to avoid work

A former sub-contractor for Intel asked his friend to make a hoax bomb threat, just so he didn't have to go to work.

Published Wed, Nov 25 2015 2:23 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:03 PM CST

Most people have had those days when they just don't want to go to work, but Aaron O'Neill took it a step too far by asking his friend to call in a bomb threat at his work, so he wouldn't have to slump into his job as a sub-contractor at Intel after a big night of drinking and recreational drugs.

Intel sub-contractor had friend make hoax bomb call to avoid work |

O'Neill paid his friend Colin Hammond to call in a hoax bomb threat to Intel, which ended up with a motorway being shut down, disrupting air traffic control and stopped some 4000 employees at Intel from having to go to work. Intel reportedly lost around 6000 hours of production in a "conservative estimate" according to Garda Eamonn McFadden.

Hammond called the authorities, saying that there were bombs located at Intel that would explode in 12 hours. Hammond told emergency services: "You will not find them. This is a warning, we're everywhere now". When asked who was making the call, Hammond stepped over a big line by saying he was a part of the terror cell "Islamic State".

Judge Martin Nolan described the act by the duo as "profoundly stupid", with Hammond ordered to complete 200 hours of community service, versus a two-year prison sentence that he was deal with in October. Judge Nolan said he saw "no reason to depart from the same sentence", but has adjourned the case until January so he can secure a report from the Probation Service to see if he was suitable for community service.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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