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Swatting : The New Gaming "Prank"

Old 08-27-14, 05:50 PM
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Swatting : The New Gaming "Prank"

This has been going on for some time now and it seems to come mostly from Trolls targeting Livestreamers. The latest victim "The Creatures Kootra"



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Old 08-27-14, 06:24 PM
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Absolutely fucking insane that this is a "thing". Fucking people.
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Old 08-27-14, 06:28 PM
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When did livestreamers become a common target?
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I swear. What and the fuck is wrong with people.
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I swear. What and the fuck is wrong with people.
Zero accountability. The internet is The Purge.
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When did livestreamers become a common target?
recently. it used to be celebrities for the past few years. now they do live streamers because they can actually watch the swatting happen.
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Some nutjobs have been using that tactic against conservative bloggers for the past couple years.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77292.html
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...tive-bloggers/
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnns-don-...tive-bloggers/
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Short description so I don't have to watch 10 minutes of video please?
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Calling cops on someone who is live-streaming, so you and thousands of others can watch a SWAT team bust in. Typically they tell the cops that there's a hostage situation or something.
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Short description so I don't have to watch 10 minutes of video please?
Somebody calls the cops on someone playing a game, and it all gets recorded as the player is also streaming their game online.
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But on the bright side it has raised a lot of money and awareness for Livestreamers.
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So how do the "pranksters" know the address of the Livestream?

That is a terrible, disgusting thing to do. More than just cruel, it could actually get an innocent guy killed.
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So this is actually a real thing? I really hope the people pulling this prank are put in jail. However it would most likely be juvenile detention because I can't imagine anyone over the age of 18 would be stupid enough to do this. Please tell me people are getting arrested for this if true.
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Calling cops on someone who is live-streaming, so you and thousands of others can watch a SWAT team bust in. Typically they tell the cops that there's a hostage situation or something.
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Somebody calls the cops on someone playing a game, and it all gets recorded as the player is also streaming their game online.
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Old 08-28-14, 07:10 AM
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So this is actually a real thing? I really hope the people pulling this prank are put in jail. However it would most likely be juvenile detention because I can't imagine anyone over the age of 18 would be stupid enough to do this. Please tell me people are getting arrested for this if true.
One 20 year old that did it got 11 years. That's pretty awesome. I can see why they want to give really harsh penalties for doing this. Besides the wasted and diverted resources, there's potential for an incident to occur during one of these SWAT breaches.
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One 20 year old that did it got 11 years. That's pretty awesome. I can see why they want to give really harsh penalties for doing this. Besides the wasted and diverted resources, there's potential for an incident to occur during one of these SWAT breaches.
There was more to it than just Swatter calls with him though. Apparently intimidation was part of it, of course a lot of it had to do with the people around him -- it's tough for a blind kid to drive 70 miles and intimidate an investigator.
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Just another indication of the degradation of morals, responsibility and values in this country. Look around at the crap on YouTube...idiots doing anything for 5 minutes of fame...which is exactly the goal of many no matter the act, cost or even if a life is taken. It's all about them...
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I don't see how it's a degradation of anything other than people being stupid. There have been fame whores since before newspapers, it's just easier now.
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It amazes me that this is even possible. If cops show up to an address and nothing obviously illegal is observed, didn't they used to knock on the door and actually investigate instead of kicking it down and getting everyone in the house on the floor at gunpoint? A sole anonymous 911 call shouldn't even approach the threshold for this level of response.
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It amazes me that this is even possible. If cops show up to an address and nothing obviously illegal is observed, didn't they used to knock on the door and actually investigate instead of kicking it down and getting everyone in the house on the floor at gunpoint? A sole anonymous 911 call shouldn't even approach the threshold for this level of response.
This. So much this.

The scary thing isn't the prank. It's the poorly trained cops pointing tactical weapons at people. They get these toys and can't wait for an excuse to use them.
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if these are truly SWAT teams, then are specialized trained units. not your average overweight beat walker given a machine gun.
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That's horrible on all accounts. People suck.
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if these are truly SWAT teams, then are specialized trained units. not your average overweight beat walker given a machine gun.
No shit. But guess what, if someone barges into my house, my first instinct is to go for my gun. Sure they are identifying themselves, but in the heat of the moment, things happen.

Remember, they are in the mode that someones life is in danger and there are armed suspects on the premises and they need to act quickly. Their guns are aimed because they are ready to fire.

edit: Sorry, I thought you were responding to my post. Yeah, at the "poorly trained cops" line. But still, it's a very dangerous situation for everyone to be in.

Oh, and knocking at a location where a bomb threat or gunman was reported? It kind of depends on the 911 call, but when the call is basically "FUCK YOU I'M GOING TO KILL EVERYONE HERE", I'd say they are reacting correctly.
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Old 08-28-14, 09:25 AM
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A sole anonymous 911 call shouldn't even approach the threshold for this level of response.
It's of note that this happened in Littleton, Colorado. Between Columbine and Aurora, the cops in that area are probably a bit more 'on edge' about threats like this than your average municipality might be.
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