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Fake swatting yourself can get you in trouble too

Swatting has become something of an occupational hazard for popular Twitch and Youtube streamers. If their address is somehow leaked, there are a nefarious few around the world who have falsely called in armed police responses to their homes. It’s very dangerous and can land those responsible in jail, but …

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Lizard Squad member pleads guilty to 23 charges

One of Lizard Squad’s members, a 17 year old teen from Canada, has appeared in court and pleaded guilty to 23 charges relating to online abuse. He was charged with counts of extortion, criminal harassment and public mischief. Since the boy is only 17, he can’t be named publicly but …

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Curse Voice wants to protect you from ‘Swatters’

Curse Voice, an upcoming VOIP solution for gamers, wants to help protect you from having an armed SWAT team sent to your door. ‘Swatting’ is a dangerous prank and it has become more prevalent recently, with big streamers having their homes raided live on Twitch for no good reason. The …

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Another US ‘swatter’ arrested after trio of calls

Swatting, or the practice of calling emergency services with details of a phony high stakes crime with the hope of eliciting a scary and potentially dangerous response from local SWAT teams, has been a problem for years, with software used to obfuscate the original caller’s identity making it hard to …

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Swatter arrested, faces five year prison sentence

19-year-old American, Brandon Wilson, was recently arrested and had his Las Vegas home raided in connection to several incidents of swatting. Swatting has become a significant problem for live streamers over the last year or two. For those who don’t know, swatting is a ‘prank’ in which a hoax call is …

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Twitch streamer swatted in front of 60,000 viewers

A Runescape Twitch streamer was swatted last week in front of 60,000 viewers. Last Thursday, an armed SWAT team turned up at Joshua Peter’s (KoopaTroopa on Twitch), home following a fake emergency service call. The streamer’s ten year old brother was unfortunate enough to answer the door. Peters left the …

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A Bungie executive was ‘swatted’ last night

An unnamed but confirmed ‘high-up’ Bungie executive woke up to a sheriff’s police helicopter swarming his home last night after a faked 911 call lead the police to believe that the studio employee had planted explosives in a yard and taken a family hostage, demanding $20,000 for their release. According …

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Counter Strike stream interrupted by SWAT team

Last night, Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson, was arrested by a SWAT team while live streaming Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The police had received a hoax phone call claiming that Mathewson had shot two co-workers and was holding the rest hostage. The caller also stated that the live streamer would shoot at the …

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