Tech writer targeted for SWATting
Online security reporter Brian Krebs published an article Wednesday about a Web site that sells access to consumer credit reports for $15 per report, perhaps illegally. His popular Krebs on Security site was then targeted by hackers and
On Thursday, he became one of the first journalists to be on the receiving end of a vicious hoax that prompted a raid on his Northern Virginia home by a swarm of heavily armed police officers. The tactic, known as swatting, has long been a favorite of depraved hackers. They use computers or special phone equipment to make emergency calls that appear to come from their targets phone number. When a 911 operator answers, they report a life-threatening, sometimes horrific crime in progress. Police, often armed with assault rifles, descend on the targets home, sometimes breaking down doors in the mistaken belief that their lives are on the line by gun-toting criminals carrying out home invasion robberies or drugged-out maniacs committing multiple homicides.
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