‘Swatting’ Sends Cops To Xbox Live Mod’s House

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‘Swatting’ Sends Cops To Xbox Live Mod’s House

Cops in Sammamish, Washington, are super pissed after being sent to a home here by a 911 call claiming someone inside had claymore mines and hostages. The caller turns out to be a prick seeking revenge on an Xbox Live moderator.

Rolling Johnny Law up to someone’s doorstep just to cause them trouble is called “swatting”, apparently, and the FBI is tracking about 100 such cases of it nationwide. It has ties to video gaming, as well, already happening in Oregon and Florida to people who got into Xbox Live arguments with extra-antisocial bastards instead of just the regular-strength ones.

In this case, it happens that the victim works for Xbox Live, and told police his job was to “catch and shut down hackers.”

Evidently he dun goofed at some point and so that’s why last month (this has just now come to light) Sammamish police got several emergency 911 text messages around 4 in the morning claiming that “two armed Russian males” had broken into a home, “shot my son … and they have Claymore mines”. The texts also warned of a “flashing red device” in the home.

LOL, say you, how could the cops take that seriously? Cops take everything seriously, it’s partly why they have all that cool battle gear. About half-a-dozen police cars went screaming to the door with guns drawn before the homeowner, rousted from sleep, came out and calmed everything down.

The Sammamish police chief believes the griefer hacked into a 911 text messaging service to pull off the stunt, and he’s furious. “We have officers responding lights and sirens to a call they think is an emergency in progress and they get there only to find out it’s a hoax,” he said.

Note to hackers/griefers/griefackers: Washington’s legislature is working on a bill to make harassing a 911 operator, which includes swatting, a crime. Microsoft is headquartered in Redmond, Wash.

Hacker’s Hoax Leads Police to Swarm Xbox Live Employee’s Home[KOMO-TV — h/t Jesse]

Comments

    • I know in NSW you can be charged with public nuisance for something like this. Doesn’t sound like much but it basically means along with the fine (not sure if it counts as a criminal charge as well) you can be fined for the costs associated with your little “prank” which not only includes the wages for any police offices and 000 operators who waisted their time on it but also any equipment used.

      It can add up to an impressive bill especially if PolAir or our version of SWAT (I can never remember what they call themselves) show up. Likely some hacking charges as well in this case.

      For the people laughing, this is funny right up until the point someone dies because emergency services are tied up on some BS. /killjoy.

  • Could’ve been a lot worse… I remember reading last year about an American SWAT team breaking into some dude’s house (without identifying themselves) on suspicion he was a drug dealer (he wasn’t) and then they shot him dead because he had a weapon (he was an ex-Marine and his wife saw men with guns through the window).

    • Meanwhile in Australia…

      Guys rocks up to a court house with his kid and a bomb and the Police, after patiently waiting, gets everyone out alive.

    • This happens almost monthly in Arizona. Cops busting in, shooting your dogs with no provocation, or killing a kid etc.

      Since 9/11 and the Department of Homeland Security, every single raid gets the Fallujah treatment ie. flashbangs in the front door, yahoos with assault rifles busting the door to take down one guy suspected of selling weed. And with 0 accountability too.

  • New South Wales has the State Protection Group (SPG), which contains the Tactical Operations Unit (TOU), and the State Protection Support Units (SPSU).

    which is basically our SWAT.

    • Yeah but factually, we all know mods are more often than not shitheads, so he would have deserved it.

      –I tried to avoid using the word shitheads but my attempt to use arrow tags and ‘insert profanities here’ was made invisible due to the site’s system.

      • Yes, any bastard mod deserves having SWAT called on his house and costing taxpayers thousands of dollars because of some raging nerd…

  • My first thought was, “I’d just walk out the front in my boxers and take a photo of all those cops”.

    And my second thought was, “Shit if I walked out there with a mobile phone in my hands they’d blow me away!”.

  • haha!!! now a bit of advice for the prankers…if you tell the emergency services that there are ‘claymores’, don’t expect the police to bust down any doors. they will knock first to get a response. I play FPS’ games alot and walking into any room before looking/checking for claymores will get you toasted real quick. I imagine the police will too.

    on a sidenote – I hate prank callers to emergency services numbers. suffer all the consequences douchebags. do the crime, do the time.

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