Swatting is a cyber harassment tactic where the attacker deceives emergency response personnel such as the police by reporting an active shooter or hostage situation at a targeted person’s home address. The Emergency Response personnel send armed officers, often a SWAT Team, to a victims location. These emergency responses can be generated by reporting false bomb threats, an active shooter, a hostage situation, or reporting that there is someone allegedly suicidal with a weapon.
Tragically, these situations can end in the death of innocent victims who may respond aggressively when their house is stormed by a SWAT team.
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