When Online Gaming Goes Wrong, You Don't Need To Get SWAT Involved

A disagreement over an Xbox Live Indie game has resulted in what may be the ultimate grief, with one gamer sending a SWAT team to another gamer's home after phoning in a bogus murder-suicide call to police.

It all happened over a game of FortressCraft, the Minecraft-"inspired" world-building game for the Xbox Live Indies channel, according to a report from the Register-Guard. The victim on the receiving end of the SWAT raid was a FortressCraft player who says he was targeted by another FortressCraft player after refusing to give him some in-game content.

The victim, a 26-year-old resident of Eugene, Oregon, believes his FortressCraft rival was the one who made an emergency call to police, telling them that he'd shot his father and intended to commit suicide. That phone call led to a 14 man strong police force raiding the victim's apartment.

The FortressCraft fan says he was warned ahead of time via Xbox Live that his personal information was exposed, details that were possibly used in the "swatting" retaliation.

Man, whatever happened to simple racial epithets and homophobic slurs? I hardly recognise Xbox Live scumbags anymore...

911 hoax behind SWAT response [The Register-Guard - Thanks Chris!]


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    Sorry to sound dumb, but how do the other players find out where you live etc?

      Probably dumb enough to mention it ingame or on their profile.

      I guess either he had it posted publicly on his profile or perhaps just his real name and the person got the rest from elsewhere.
      Or maybe even had his account hacked.

      Considering the skills behind the "swatting" I'd say it's a tad more complicated than "probably dumb enough to mention it ingame or on their profile."

        Just realised how confusing that sounds;

        What I mean is that the guy got "swatted". If someone is dumb enough to mention their details in-game or on their profile, there are much easier, less dangerous ways to get at them. I'd say the guy who did the "swatting" went out of his way to get the guys details via other more nefarious means.

      Maybe XBox Live has been hacked and everybody's personal information is now out there in public! OMG!

        Pfft that could never happen, haven't you heard about all these super computers these companies have; with their high fibre systems that really push the packets through fast, and all the information gets put into the storm which means its further from the ground and harder for the hackers to get to.

          in the raging storm with massive lightning and strong EM fields its a no go area for hackers :)
          we need a sarcasm font

    I would much prefer a SWAT team in my house than Martin Lawrence.

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