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SWAT_team_(4131372991) How should we tackle rising incidents of 'swatting'?
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  The 'swatting' phenomenon involves individuals directing police SWAT teams to an intended victim by making a hoax call
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  A series of recent incidents have highlighted the criminal 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 individuals direct police SWAT teams to an intended victim after making a hoax call. 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 been the past targets 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 report</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</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 Wichita 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 has been a growing problem in the US in recent years, with about 400 incidents occurring each year.</span>
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