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US 'swatter' previously made 20 hoax calls, officials report How should we tackle rising incidents of "swatting"?
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Tyler Barriss whose </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Wichita,_Kansas_swatting"><span style="font-weight: 400;">alleged hoax emergency call </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">led to a man’s death, had previously made 20 false claims to police according to records (</span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/06/swatting-death-police-hoax-call-tyler-barriss"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guardian</span></i></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">).</span>  
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  A series of recent incidents have highlighted the use of <span style="font-weight: 400;">“</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatting"><span style="font-weight: 400;">swatting</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">”, when individual police SWAT teams after making a hoax call to an intended victim. Swatters use technology to hide their location and identity when making prank calls</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Celebrities like Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher have often been the target of swatters, </span><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/11/showbiz/kutcher-swatting-conviction/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">according to this CNN reports</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Los Angeles-based Barriss, 25, is accused of making a hoax call to 911 to avenge an online video game wager which </span><a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kansas-swatting/california-suspect-held-in-hoax-that-led-to-police-killing-kansas-man-idUKKBN1EO06B"><span style="font-weight: 400;">led to the shooting of unarmed Andrew Finch</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in his home by an officer. It is thought that Finch was the mistakenly targeted and has no known connection to Barriss (</span><a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kansas-swatting/california-suspect-held-in-hoax-that-led-to-police-killing-kansas-man-idUKKBN1EO06B"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reuters</span></i></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">). Police in Wichita responded to the call on 28 December.</span>  <span style="font-weight: 400;">In one recent case, Los Angeles based Tyler Barriss, 25, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">is accused of making a hoax call to 911 to avenge an online video game wager which </span><a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kansas-swatting/california-suspect-held-in-hoax-that-led-to-police-killing-kansas-man-idUKKBN1EO06B"><span style="font-weight: 400;">led to the shooting of unarmed Andrew Finch</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in his home by an officer. It is thought that Finch was mistakenly targeted and has no known connection to Barriss (</span><a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kansas-swatting/california-suspect-held-in-hoax-that-led-to-police-killing-kansas-man-idUKKBN1EO06B"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reuters</span></i></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">). The FBI has warned "swatting" is a growing problem in the US, with about 400 incidents occurring each year.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">The act is known as “</span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatting"><span style="font-weight: 400;">swatting</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">” due to aim of involving police SWAT teams following the hoax call. Swatters use technology to hide their location and identity when making the hoax calls such as </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caller_ID_spoofing"><span style="font-weight: 400;">caller ID spoofing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_engineering_(security)"><span style="font-weight: 400;">social engineering</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_device_for_the_deaf"><span style="font-weight: 400;">TTY</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prank_call"><span style="font-weight: 400;">prank calls</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and phone </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phreaking"><span style="font-weight: 400;">phreaking</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> techniques. Celebrities have often been the target of swatters; Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher both fell victim to the crime in 2013 </span><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/11/showbiz/kutcher-swatting-conviction/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">according to CNN reports</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span>  
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Barriss’s  digital footprint” suggests he was familiar with swatting, </span><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/30/us/kansas-police-shooting-swatting/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">according to CNN</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Police and court officials revealed that Barriss had previously made around 20 hoax calls </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/06/swatting-death-police-hoax-call-tyler-barriss"><span style="font-weight: 400;">as reported in the </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guardian</span></i></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, including false bomb reports against two Los Angeles schools in 2016. The schools were evacuated as a result and Mr Barriss was sentenced to two years in prison. </span>   
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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Andrew Finch is thought to be the first death to result from swatting, but the FBI reports that approximately 400 incidents occur each year (</span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/06/swatting-death-police-hoax-call-tyler-barriss"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guardian</span></i></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">).</span>  <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is an emerging story which needs expansion if you wish to <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=33733&amp;action=edit">EDIT </a></span></i><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">to add information or discuss it in TALK.</span></i>
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