Man Behind Fatal ‘Swatting’ Gets 20 Years

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2019 22:19:15 +0000

Tyler Barriss, a 26-year-old California man who admitted making a phony emergency call to police in late 2017 that led to the shooting death of an innocent Kansas resident, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

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Three Charged for Working With Serial Swatter

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 18:24:00 +0000

The Justice Department has filed criminal charges against three U.S. men accused of swatting, or making hoax reports of bomb threats or murders in a bid to trigger a heavily armed police response to a target’s address. Investigators say the men, aged 19 to 23, all carried out the attacks with the help of Tyler Barriss, a convicted serial swatter whose last stunt in late 2018 cost an Oklahoma man his life. FBI agents on Wednesday arrested Neal Patel, 23, of Des Plaines, Ill. and Tyler Stewart, 19 of Gulf Breeze, Fla. The third defendant, Logan Patten, 19, of Greenwood, Mo., agreed to turn himself in. The men are charged in three separate indictments with conspiracy and conveying false information about the use of explosive devices.

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Serial Swatter and Stalker Mir Islam Arrested for Allegedly Dumping Body in River

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2018 20:24:29 +0000

A 22-year-old man convicted of cyberstalking and carrying out numerous bomb threats and swatting attacks — including a 2013 swatting incident at my home — was arrested Sunday morning in the Philippines after allegedly helping a friend dump the body of a housemate into a local river.

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Calif. Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Swatting Case, Faces 20+ Years in Prison

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:27:01 +0000

A California man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to causing dozens of swatting attacks — including a deadly incident in Kansas last year — now faces 20 or more years in prison.

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A week in security (October 1 – 7)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2018 16:31:56 +0000

A roundup of the security news from October 1–7 including National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, LoJack, fileless malware, and BYOS.

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Kansas Man Killed In ‘SWATting’ Attack

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:17:36 +0000

A 28-year-old Kansas man was shot and killed by police officers on the evening of Dec. 28 after someone fraudulently reported a hostage situation ongoing at his home. The false report was the latest in a dangerous hoax known as “swatting,” wherein the perpetrator falsely reports a dangerous situation at an address with the goal of prompting authorities to respond to that address with deadly force. This particular swatting reportedly originated over a $1.50 wagered match in the online game Call of Duty. Compounding the tragedy is that the man killed was an innocent party who had no part in the dispute. The following is an analysis of what is known so far about the incident, as well as a brief interview with the alleged and self-professed perpetrator of this crime.

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Canadian Man Gets 9 Months Detention for Serial Swattings, Bomb Threats

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:49:39 +0000

A 19-year-old Canadian man was found guilty of making almost three dozen fraudulent calls to emergency services across North America in 2013 and 2014. The false alarms, two of which targeted this author — involved phoning in phony bomb threats and multiple attempts at “swatting” — a dangerous hoax in which the perpetrator spoofs a call […]

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Who is Anna-Senpai, the Mirai Worm Author?


On September 22, 2016, this site was forced offline for nearly four days after it was hit with “Mirai,” a malware strain that enslaves poorly secured Internet of Things (IoT) devices like wireless routers and security cameras into a botnet for use in large cyberattacks. Roughly a week after that assault, the individual(s) who launched that attack — using the name “Anna Senpai” — released the source code for Mirai, spawning dozens of copycat attack armies online. After months of digging, KrebsOnSecurity is now confident to have uncovered Anna Senpai’s real-life identity, and the identity of at least one co-conspirator who helped to write and modify the malware.

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