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June 04, 2010
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Swatting: The cyber version of pulling a false alarm

About 60 emergency responders descended on a quiet street only to find that the call was a hoax

By Mari A. Schaefer
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia — It's called "swatting," the cyber version of pulling a false alarm, and a Delaware County family was its latest victim.

On Wednesday night, a dire call routed from Utah came in to the county 911 center: A man living in the 100 block of Cascade Road in Springfield had just shot his children, had barricaded himself in the house, and was threatening to kill his wife.

Full story: Swatting: The cyber version of pulling a false alarm






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