DailyDirt: Swatting Is Not A Harmless Prank

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What do people like to do with their free time? Most people probably enjoy doing normal things like reading, surfing the web, watching TV, playing sports, or playing video games. And then there are some who apparently like “swatting” — a potentially deadly prank where phone hackers make emergency calls reporting violent crimes, life-threatening hostage situations, etc., while spoofing their caller IDs to make it seem like the calls are coming from their target’s phone number. Unfortunately, for the targeted victims, this means heavily armed police SWAT teams descending on their homes, sometimes breaking down doors and bursting into their homes. Here are a few eye-opening stories about swatting.

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Paul Renault (profile) says:

Re. Brian Krebs's swatting..

..in an interview, he talked about that swatting incident:
He walked out to the SWAT team, showed them his ID, and said, “You may recall that I was over at your precinct a few weeks ago, and explained that I am a Internet Security Reporter and Researcher, and it’s possible that at some time in the future, you may get a phone call reporting some incident that requires a SWAT team at my home…”

The SWAT team managed to find the office that Brian had spoken to, his story checked out, they went away…

Annonimus says:

Re: Re:

In Serbia the two officers in a patrol car usually have an AK-47 in the trunk so that if there really is trouble they radio in for back up pull out the AK and go scout out the perimeter. Mind you they only do this when there is a criminal shootout going on. Anything less just gets a call to central and guns unholstered.

This might be the reason why most criminals having a showdown in Serbia prefer to use bombs planted under cars and kidnapping and then shooting in the back of the head somewhere in the wilderness on their opponents.

Uriel-238 (profile) says:

Yeah, swatting is terrorist action in that it’s insurrectionist action. SWAT teams are resources that are too eagerly used, and can be trained on the innocent, and it’s actually something of the responsibility of rebels and anarchists to exploit this until a better checks-and-balances system is put into place; until then SWAT guys are a tool too easily accessed for the power they wield.

My condolences go out to the victims, and the poor dogs who are undoubtedly getting shot dead as standard procedure.

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