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Canadian Teen pleads guilty to 23 charges of swatting, harassing online game rivals : Details
Canadian Teen pleads guilty to 23 charges of swatting, harassing online game rivals

Canadian Teen pleads guilty to 23 charges of swatting, harassing online game rivals : Details

A 17-year-old hacker from British Columbia, Canada, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to 23 charges of extortion, public mischief, false police reports, and criminal harassment.

The British Columbia resident describes himself as being a member of the hacking group Lizard Squad, and admitted to a number of swatting incidents that targeted victims in Tucson, Arizona and Florida, among other US cities.

Local publication Tri-City News offered a detailed report of the day-long court hearing, revealing that the boy, who isn’t named due to being underage, would find his targets on League of Legends and Twitter, starting harassment campaigns if they didn’t accept his friend requests.

His attacks would often start with posting personal details like financial records and contact info on the internet, then escalate to “swatting,” or calling the victim’s local law enforcement and telling them his target’s home was the site of a hostage situation, or that he had killed everyone inside. In one of the worst instances, he targeted a young woman at the University of Arizona who eventually had to drop out of school after multiple swattings on her and her parents.

The teen — who went by the online handle “obnoxious” — was finally arrested after an eight-hour YouTube live stream where he had multiple people swatted. Enough viewers called the police on him that he was tracked down. He now has a court date scheduled for June 29th, when sentencing will be determined.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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    10 comments

    1. House arrest for 6 months?

      • Yes–House arrest for 6 months—while dangling by his wrists from the rafters.

        POS needs more than a little slap-on-the-wrist liberal administration of “justice.”

    2. Make an example of him and make him serve time and pay fines. What he did was ridiculously dangerous and malicious.

    3. Lock him up. These morons deserve it. This kind of abuse of law enforcement and the potential danger, just because he is a little baby gamer who can’t get acceptance from anyone, so he decides to create dangerous and highly annoying situations for everyone. Throw this dumbass in jail.

      • I think you’re glossing over just how dangerous a situation that being swatted is. The intent of doing this is nothing short of trying to get the target killed.
        if this punk is old enough to attempt to kill someone, he’s old enough to do serious time.

    4. mid to late teens is the time when serious mental illnesses emerge into the open.

    5. Is he going through the Canadian judicial system or through the US system. International crimes where the victims are in another country should be under the domain of the country in which the crime was actually committed. I’m not sure how your prison systems are, but I can assure you that he would regret every moment spent inside a US prison. Assuming he ever was released, he might actually learn his lesson. A fairly short sentence can turn into decades if you don’t know how to behave, and if it’s a federal case he’d have an extremely high percentage rate to complete before being considered for parole.

      At the very least, they should dangle the stick of hard time in a federal prison in exchange for ratting out his fellow lizard friends.

    6. This guy should be forced to compensate the PD’s for the costs associated with his false alarms. So, too, should he be open to lawsuits from his victims for any damages incurred to their homes or persons during the raids.

      Of course, he’ll receive the lightest sentence possible, but the best place to hit these attention-seeking bastards is right in their wallet. Won’t be such a good hacker when he’s forced to use a $300 rig for all of his sessions.

    7. #TeamAlexWillRemain

    8. His name is Alex, he is from Team Alex.

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