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Here's What Happens When Hackers Send a SWAT Team to Your House

Fake calls with real consequences.
6.6.14

In recent years, a small amount of hackers and gamers have been "Swatting" – anonymously reporting fake hostage situations, shootings, and other violent crimes so elite police units (like SWAT teams) will bust down the doors of unsuspecting people's homes.

Swatting is a dangerous and expensive prank. It's also easy to pull off. With SWAT teams and paramilitary gear becoming the norm across America, these calls have predictably chaotic results.