Swatting. It’s become bit of a trend now by hackers, and is one of the more dangerous and more ruthless ‘pranks’ out there. This involves making a prank call to the police about a fake crime taking place by the victim of the swatting in his/her home.
This time, one 13 year old sought revenge on a rival Minecraft player by doing just that. This mischievous teen from Southern California, according to Ars Technica, is now in his parents’ custody and is due to appear in juvenile court in April where he’s most likely to be put under probation. His name cannot be released due to his age.
One of his spoof calls to the police department involved threatening to blow up a house with hostages inside. A report after by Detective Gene Martinez of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department states that the 13 year old admitted to the crime and “felt that he was wronged.”
“The Camarillo incident there were 20-plus officers there. I was at that call. We basically surrounded the house. The caller reported there were 10 hostages in the house and demanded $30,000 in cash or he would blow up the house. Whenever there is a hostage situation, we activate specialized units to respond.” – Martinez
Twitch streamer Joshua Peters has fallen victim to a similar attack from a different prankster in the past and responded in a rage towards the culprit via an online message.
“I had police point a gun at my little brothers because of you. They could have been shot, they could have died because you chose to swat my stream.”
Swatters can face serious penalties, for example, 19 year old Brandon Wilson is suspect to a swatting incident and can face up to five years in jail if he is guilty. Youtuber Boogie2988 had a few things to say on the topic.