17-year-old blind swatter known as "Li'l Hacker" Targeted by the FBI

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http://www.wired.com/politics/...s/2008/02/blind_hacker


At 4 in the morning of May 1, 2005, deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office converged on the suburban Colorado Springs home of Richard Gasper, a TSA screener at the local Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. They were expecting to find a desperate, suicidal gunman holding Gasper and his daughter hostage.

"I will shoot," the gravely voice had warned, in a phone call to police minutes earlier. "I'm not afraid. I will shoot, and then I will kill myself, because I don't care."

"I will shoot." Listen to the Colorado Springs hostage hoax.

But instead of a gunman, it was Gasper himself who stepped into the glare of police floodlights. Deputies ordered Gasper's hands up and held him for 90 minutes while searching the house. They found no armed intruder, no hostages bound in duct tape. Just Gasper's 18-year-old daughter and his baffled parents.

A federal Joint Terrorism Task Force would later conclude that Gasper had been the victim of a new type of nasty hoax, called "swatting," that was spreading across the United States. Pranksters were phoning police with fake murders and hostage crises, spoofing their caller IDs so the calls appear to be coming from inside the target's home. The result: police SWAT teams rolling to the scene, sometimes bursting into homes, guns drawn.

Now the FBI thinks it has identified the culprit in the Colorado swatting as a 17-year-old East Boston phone phreak known as "Li'l Hacker." Because he's underage, Wired.com is not reporting Li'l Hacker's last name. His first name is Matthew, and he poses a unique challenge to the federal justice system, because he is blind from birth....
 

tasmanian

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Lol i remember reading about one of those a while ago. Swat team busted in a mans house when there was actually nothing going on.
 

ric1287

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are we supposed to feel sympathy for the jackass that prank called? If so, i don't understand why.
 

Xylitol

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Just because he's blind and underagedwe're going to go easy on him? Pranksters like him should be tried as adults and be sent straight to jail

We should make sure that some hairy men in prison get fresh meat, and he won't even SEE IT COMING!
 

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Originally posted by: Xylitol
Just because he's blind and underagedwe're going to go easy on him? Pranksters like him should be tried as adults and be sent straight to jail

We should make sure that some hairy men in prison get fresh meat, and he won't even SEE IT COMING!
Haha. Aye, having that form of disability, or another similar one, should not be a reason for a reduced or nonexistent punishment, especially in a situation like this. Unacceptable.
 

randay

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implant some eyeballs...







in his buttocks, so he can see it up close when he gets gang raped in the prison showers!
 

aplefka

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I remember reading about a similar one to this that happened a while back. If I'm not mistaken, the husband and wife who lived there heard something outside so he got out his gun and it almost got really bad until luckily they got it figured out.

Where do parents go wrong that people turn out like this?
 

Bibble

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I want to know what he does with his one phone call when he is arrested.

Very interesting article. Unfortunately, it does seem the guy is addicted, and will continue pulling pranks after he turns 18, at which point the FBI will pick him up. I feel somewhat bad, but he must know what he is doing is wrong, and therefore deserves punishment.
 

Q

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Wait, what is he doing? Making prank phone calls basically?
 

mundane

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Originally posted by: Quintox
Wait, what is he doing? Making prank phone calls basically?
Prank phone calls to 911, which are intended to result in SWAT teams being sent out to target unsuspecting people.
 

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Originally posted by: mundane
Originally posted by: Quintox
Wait, what is he doing? Making prank phone calls basically?
Prank phone calls to 911, which are intended to result in SWAT teams being sent out to target unsuspecting people.
That what I got of it from reading fast, just wanted to check. I was confused b/c I usually associated hacker with computers.
 

mundane

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Originally posted by: Quintox
Originally posted by: mundane
Originally posted by: Quintox
Wait, what is he doing? Making prank phone calls basically?
Prank phone calls to 911, which are intended to result in SWAT teams being sent out to target unsuspecting people.
That what I got of it from reading fast, just wanted to check. I was confused b/c I usually associated hacker with computers.
From what I gather, the 'original' hackers targeted telephone systems, and I think using the term in this case is an extension of that definition.
 

TheVrolok

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Originally posted by: Quintox
Wait, what is he doing? Making prank phone calls basically?
A little bit more complicated but that's the basics. People are calling 911 dispatch centers and fooling the dispatchers (and their equippment) into believing the calls are coming from elsewhere. I recall the other case where I minor was found doing this. I'd like to know what ever came of it. Bottom line, 17 is old enough to know that this is just wrong. Last I heard the previous assailant was getting charged with quite a few crimes; I hope this case follows suit. Bring on the assault by proxy!
 

Modular

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17 is old enough to be tried as an adult. They'll just have to file a motion to try him as such. It's been done before and would certainly apply in this case as well.
 

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