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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 1:41 pm

SWATting? What the heck is that? Star, Idaho, resident David Fix knows. He has had an up close and personal view of it and he did not enjoy the experience.

The term is a not-so-veiled reference to the actions of police SWAT teams, which descend in force to a perceived problem that may require an overpowering police presence.

SWATting, with the first reported case coming in 2002, is a growing problem both for law enforcement and for high-profile individuals whose online activism are garnering a type of attention they never anticipated. SWATting occurs when someone—usually anonymously or using a fake identity—calls in a false report to local law enforcement that a serious crime has been committed or is currently being committed. The caller is usually unknown and cannot be traced.

Often a caller will use voice over (VOIP) connections between the caller’s computer and a distant telephone network, and then dial 911. This sleight of hand enables the caller to hide his identity (telephone number and address). That makes it virtually impossible for emergency dispatchers to identify or track the call.  Parrish Miller/IdahoReporter.com

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4 comments:

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 9:33 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 413

    These cases should be handled like a terrorist act or attempted murder. Throw a couple of the cowards in prison and it will stop. Trying to prevent someone from exercising their God-given right (no the government doesn't grant your rights) to free speech while risking lives of both the victim and SWAT officers should be a capital offense.

     
  • voxpop posted at 6:33 am on Sat, Jul 28, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    "The caller is usually unknown and cannot be traced."

    Wrong. With enough effort and access every online transaction can be traced

     
  • Joseph Jr posted at 4:22 pm on Fri, Jul 27, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    Don't hire the writer of this story. 2 X...

     
  • Justin Cottrell posted at 2:39 pm on Fri, Jul 27, 2012.

    Justin Cottrell Posts: 157

    This is horrible, and scary. His rights and those of his children were violated. He should have had his wife video tape everything, and have his lawyer present.

     
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