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Latest Social Media Crime: Swatting

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Latest Social Media Crime: Swatting

The article below discusses the crime of swatting which involves obtaining someone’s home address (usually via their IP address) and then making a distress call to the police.  In making the call, the swatter will sometimes use masking software that makes the call appear to come from the victim’s house.  Depending on the nature of the call, the police to include a SWAT team (hence the name “swatting”) will arrive at the victim’s house with guns drawn.  The article below discusses how one individual used swatting to torment another family.

The Mary Sue: 19-Year-Old Swatter Faces 5 Years in Prison; Army Veteran Swatted Mid-Stream on Twitch

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