Police Militarization meets Hacker Culture: Swatting

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In latest years, a small quantity of hackers and players have been anonymously reporting pretend hostage conditions, shootings, and different violent crimes designed to ship elite police models, like SWAT groups, to unsuspecting individuals at their residences.

Swatting is a harmful and costly prank, which is simple to tug off. Swatters are using simply accessible know-how to masks and even alter the ID throughout calls to 911 dispatchers. With SWAT groups and paramilitary gear turning into the norm throughout small city America, these calls have predictably chaotic outcomes.

Despite the hyper-vigilance of America’s legislation enforcement, authorities nonetheless wrestle to defend themselves from the unlikeliest of threats — tech-savvy youngsters. Police militarization meets hacker tradition as VICE News investigates the damaging crime of swatting.

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