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Hackers use Xbox 360 to send SWAT team to family’s home

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By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, February 1, 2013 10:57 EST

A police SWAT team. Photo: Shutterstock.com, all rights reserved.

 

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A family living near Orlando was awakened by a SWAT team early Thursday morning, apparently sent to the home as a hoax after hackers accessed a neighbor boy’s Xbox 360 and obtained an address from his account.

Police said the address on the account was out of date, sending officers to a home where they were told one person had been killed and the rest of the family was being held hostage.

Fortunately, the owner of the Xbox had already contacted police to say his game console had been hacked, according to Orlando’s Channel 9 News.

The owner of the Xbox said the hackers confronted him asking that he transfer some downloadable content for a multiplayer video game, and he refused. Police say they’ve since obtained the gamertags and IP addresses of the individuals responsible for the hoax and an investigation is underway.

The phenomenon of “swatting” has emerged in recent years as a threat to targeted individuals thanks to technology that enables hackers to mask caller identification signals. The use of an Xbox 360, however, is unique.

This video is from Orlando’s Channel 9 News, aired Thursday, January 31, 2013.


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Original author: Stephen C. Webster
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