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. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Jake, 24 Jul 2013 @ 7:48pm

    I think this says something rather alarming about US law-enforcement. Most places respond to calls like these by dispatching two officers in a patrol car to find out what the hell's going on before having the tactical team smash someone's door down.

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