'SWAT'ting: Dangerous Trend Amongst Hackers

snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques 2012/07/05 15:21:12

By Simon Saavedra , Christian Post Correspondent
July 5, 2012 |8:59 am

A new hacking trend is surging within the United States and Canada and it’s proving to be more costly than ever.

“Swatting,” the latest hacking trend involves hackers breaking into
people’s phones to make prank 911 calls that sound violent enough to
dispatch a SWAT team. The SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team
arrives to the address provided by the hacker and breaks in just to find
people shocked, confused, and extremely terrified for having various
men point automatic weapons at them.

One incident involved a
15-year-old boy from Naples, Fla., Hunter Gelinas. According to ABCNews,
he had his X-Box hacked by swatters who sent a message to the police
saying Hunter was stabbed and his family members were being held

When the SWAT team had finally arrived to the scene,
they found Hunter coming out of his room. When the teen noticed all the
guns, he thought “I’m going to die.”

These prank calls do not only make way for innocent people to suffer accidents but according to ABCNews, they can be costly too.

The media outlet reported that costs of dispatching a SWAT team at one location can average $10,000.

There are reported to be several dozens of swatting prank calls made every month in the U.S. and Canada.

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  • ruthannhausman 2012/07/12 13:35:54
    In this day and age of expert hackers, track the SOB's down and make them pay dearly for such foolishness. Dangerous foolishness at that. Generally SWAT teams are well trained and disciplined; however, you cannot predict what a civilian will do. I know if I were ultra scared and had a weapon available and they came breaking into my home, I might shoot first and ask questions later. Somebody could get seriously hurt or killed. What is the matter with these jackasses these days? There is not one thing funny about this particular "prank," nothing at all. So what "reward" do the bums get, I ask you.
  • Lanikai 2012/07/10 15:36:02
    This is a favored tactic of the lefties now and they use it against conservative commentators.
  • pumpkin1960 2012/07/10 05:32:11
    Interesting. I never cared for pranks. Don't like humor at someones expense. And involving law enforcement is stupid and should be punished.
  • gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/07/10 00:40:05
    gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F
  • The One 2012/07/09 17:06:07
    The One
    Damn liberals.
  • SteveMarine- JLA 2012/07/08 20:27:47
    SteveMarine- JLA
    This could be serious terrorists or just some.45 year old Virgins in moms basement....
  • srini 2012/07/07 17:33:53
    Probably an op by American Gestapo (aka "DHS").
  • Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥ 2012/07/07 05:08:06
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    Wow..this is just scary and insane. How do they stop that> hummmmmm???
    I did rave...LOL
  • snell/G... Pearlie... 2012/07/11 05:22:14
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    it's just your nature to rave someone's blog Pearlie - thank you!
  • CFlyJuice 2012/07/06 22:08:21
  • snell/G... CFlyJuice 2012/07/11 05:23:06
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    so in reference to the blog subject - you're saying what here Fly??
  • CFlyJuice snell/G... 2012/07/11 05:42:49
    The man behind the trend is Obama....

    If the AG and Obama can flaunt the law, little punk hackers subconsciously feel they are above the law too... it's the Obama lawlessness society.
  • keeper 2012/07/06 22:04:23
    This kind of prank better stop!
  • CrazyDeen0 2012/07/06 19:48:09
    How in the hell can dispatching a SWAT team cost $10,000??? Do they put new uniforms on and use brand new weapons every time they get a call? If so just goes to show government waste runs deeper then you think.
  • Adakin ... CrazyDeen0 2012/07/07 00:25:31 (edited)
    Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA
    "How in the hell can dispatching a SWAT team cost $10,000???"

    Maybe they are including the cost of calling in an air-strike from the cobra gun-ship hovering just down the street.

    cobra gun ship
  • CrazyDeen0 Adakin ... 2012/07/07 13:10:20
    LOL thats about right.. a tad bit of over kill, but not surprising if this was the case
  • Adakin ... CrazyDeen0 2012/07/07 19:06:04 (edited)
    Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA
    Over Kill? Nah…You gotta have that kinda firepower available when dealing with some punk kid making prank calls... or his 80y/o glaucoma patient grannie that may have a couple of ‘ganja’ roach's stuck down in the bottom of her bong pipe in her living room. Ya' never know when the kid making the prank calls might get violent...or his drug crazed grannie attacks the swat team with her walker or cane! We can’t tolerate such threats like this to society!

    And if the gunship isn't sufficient in eradicating these criminal prank callers or drug crazed law breakers...

    ssbn launching missile ssbn launching missile nuclear detonation
  • CrazyDeen0 Adakin ... 2012/07/07 19:32:47
    LMFAO!!! Its sad that I find your comment funny, but it rings so much truth to the exageration of the criminal police state we are becoming.
  • Adakin ... CrazyDeen0 2012/07/08 01:57:51
    Adakin Valorem~PWCM~JLA
    How true!
  • Lanikai CrazyDeen0 2012/07/10 15:37:13
    SWAT's normally do have some form of air cover, be it a tactical helo or a standard SAR, or police helo.
  • BlueRepublican 2012/07/06 19:03:24
    Obviously this is a troubling trend and should be further investigated. But really, $10k for sending a van w/4 guys with assault rifles? Are they shooting 24kt bullets?
  • Lanikai BlueRep... 2012/07/10 15:39:15
    They vehicles barely get 8 MPG. It is normally at least 8-10 responders, PLUS a host of local police and sheriffs and ambulances and para/fire/rescue staged nearby-also about 8MPG, plus manpower and overtime for some. Plus the helicopter.Locally, if SWAT is deployed, a helicopter is always up as well for air support in case the criminals run or flee.

    VERY expensive.
  • BlueRep... Lanikai 2012/07/11 01:07:48
    Why don't we re-position the guys under the bridge with the speed laser guns during my lunch break to help out?
    LOL :-)
  • Jack Sprat 2012/07/06 18:29:06
    Jack Sprat
    Thanks for the info.

  • snell/G... Jack Sprat 2012/07/11 05:26:08
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    Thanks for the comments yu grace my blog with - meaningful, pertinent, timely!
  • none 2012/07/06 18:14:57
  • BIGBlackPETER 2012/07/06 17:31:19
    These are the people perhaps on unemployment by Hussein Obama.
  • conservyT 2012/07/06 15:30:44 (edited)
    We live in a world with awhole buch of CRAZY PEOPLE!

    the cazies
  • ronbo 2012/07/06 15:21:17
    It,s a very dangerous trend which will get people killed if it hasn,t already . Anyone caught doing it should be arrested and prosecuted.
  • Sherlock Dog BL - a Gazillion 2012/07/06 15:13:15
  • Chi~Cat 2012/07/06 14:50:38
    Oblunder at work? Wouldn't doubt it.
  • SK-pro impeachment 2012/07/06 14:17:05
    SK-pro impeachment
    Need to be caught before someone is accidentally and needlessly killed.
  • dasimon1 2012/07/06 13:52:07
    Oy Vey stupid !
  • Flash,aka,Mr.Lightning 2012/07/06 11:56:01
    Too much free time here that's the simple truth.
  • betz 2012/07/06 10:04:09
    This is disgraceful. One has to wonder what kind of person would even do such a thing.
  • Captain-Morgan 2012/07/06 08:00:55
    WOW... What will these people do next...
  • Andrew 2012/07/06 07:44:47
    People who engage in this behavior shuld spend and awful long time in jail, doing hard labor. Perhaps then they would learn the value of productive endeavors!
  • mustangluver 2012/07/06 06:46:24
    They need to reopen Alcatraz. This puts an entire community at risk if there was a real situation happening elsewhere.
  • sundance 2012/07/06 05:01:58
  • snell/G... sundance 2012/07/06 06:08:54
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    Our society is screwed up! Adults acting like children, Children acting like adults, right viewed as WRONG, wrong viewed as right.

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