07/08/2012

Police in NY town seek help from FBI in probe of 4 'swatting' calls

The most recent incidents began June 27 when more than 30 officers responded to a report by a male that three armed men were in his home and had shot his sister

By Lee Higgins
The Westchester Journal News

RYE, N.Y. — Police in Rye, N.Y., have reached out to the FBI as they investigate four hoax reports of emergencies since June 27. Officials believe a hacking group may be involved.

A 14-year-old Rye boy has been charged with making a false report of a home invasion and shooting last week. Police Commissioner William Connors said investigators are working to identify others involved. Making false reports is called "swatting," because it's intended to trigger significant emergency responses, including by SWAT teams.

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