posted on Dec, 16 2012 @ 09:32 AM
I subscribe to Popular Mechanics and in the latest issue they had a story about a 16 year old kid talking smack on his xbox....few hours later the
police get a 911 from the device deaf people use to make calls that states my father is killing my 4 year old sister and I am scared.
So of course the police sends out a force of 15 officers to the scene and surprise a family having dinner!
Article I found on it
"I answer the door, I'm holding a dog, and there's a state trooper standing there with a gun to my face," Yagerhofer said. The State Police were
responding to instant messages sent to the local 911 system over the internet.
The message read, in part, "Please help. My dad just killed my 4 year old sister. He slit her throat. She's bleeding to death"
The message was complete with the Yagerhofer's home address.
The response was a team of squad cars on Lisa's lawn.
"There were about 15 of them. Lights. Sirens. Everything. The sheriff was here. The detective. They just swarmed our house," Yagerhofer said.
But the whole thing was a hoax.
Yagerhofer's personal information was compromised after Lisa's 16-year-old son Tyler played an on-line Xbox game with stranger.
That stranger turned out to be a hacker who cracked into Tyler's Xbox LIVE account and from there was capable of finding personal information like
their home address, social security numbers, and credit card information just to name a few.
Northampton County DA John Morganelli says it is mostly young people committing these crimes, who simply do not understand the gravity of what they
"When you are going across state lines and using phones to call in criminal matters, you're implicating federal statutes. So it wouldn't surprise me
that someone who does that would be subject to federal prosecution, as well as, state prosecutions," Morganelli said.
Meantime, Tyler has this warning for on-line gamers.
"If you are younger than me, I would suggest family settings on Xbox LIVE, but other than that, there's honestly nothing you can do," Tyler said.
The hacker swatted the Yagerhofers three times over the past year and wreaked havoc on their personal accounts.
So per the article I read in popular science they went into a little more detail and stated the kid got into a fight with the person that wreaked
havoc. More importantly the article stated this kinda thing is starting to happen a lot and wasting tax payer dollars on sending hoards of police on
"Prank" calls that are hard to trace.
Since this is in the January issue of Popular Mechanics, I couldn't find there article but I have the digital issue so I am including some screen
shots below with links as well as a link to popular mechanics:
Now I own an Xbox, and I have got into arguments with people online and on my xbox...so I guess this make me think twice. Not only are these "Mega
Trolls" messing with people lives but wasting tax payers dollars, and possibly setting up a situation where the police can hurt someone innocent.
Now with that being said...I wonder what this kid said or did to cause this type of repercussions....
edit on 12/16/2012 by Djayed because: I
am more of a math guy...
edit on 12/16/2012 by Djayed because: (no reason given)