Canadian teen sentenced to 18 months in jail for North America swatting spree

July 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In May we reported on the Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player (and also reportedly a member of the notorious hacking group Lizard Squad) who pleaded guilty to over 23 charges stemming from his one-man campaign of harassment in North America before he was finally arrested in December of last year.

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Lizard Squad member ordered to fight against other hackers, gets no jail time for Xbox Live and PSN attacks

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As is a common tactic with law enforcement (even in countries like Finland), instead of punishing notorious Lizard Squad member Julius "zeekill" Kivimaki with jail time for the 50,700 computer crime charges he was convicted of, he has been ordered to serve as an agent to fight against other hackers, apparently.

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Prosecutor: Canadian teen took 'sadistic delight' in harassing, swatting targets

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last month we reported on the Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player (and also reportedly a member of the notorious hacking group Lizard Squad) who pleaded guilty to over 23 charges stemming from his one-man campaign of harassment in North America before he was finally arrested in December of last year.

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Connecticut man pleads guilty for his part in gaming group's 2014 swatting incidents

June 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Wethersfield, Connecticut man has pleaded guilty for his part in a series swatting calls to police in several states in 2014. Twenty-two-year-old Matthew Tollis was arrested on September 10, 2014 by agents from the New Haven, Connecticut division of Federal Bureau of Investigation for his part in participating in a series of swatting incidents that occurred earlier this year in Connecticut and other states. Tollis, along with other members of a gaming group calling themselves TCOD (TeAM CrucifiX or Die), helped coordinate a series of attacks against people.

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Members of 'gaming group' arrested for multiple swatting incidents

June 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to multiple reports, a San Diego, Calif. teen has been arrested for allegedly engaging in multiple swatting attempts throughout the United States and Canada. The 15-year-old (whose name was not released due to his age) was arrested on Wednesday at his Point Loma apartment, according to the San Diego police department. The teen is being charged with three bomb threats aimed at the Point Loma High School on April 5 and 6, police said. 

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GAME to customers: 'truck carrying Splatoon Special Edition hijacked'

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Eurogamer report, UK-based retailer GAME is informing customers that a truck carrying copies of the Wii U game Splatoon and various Amiibo figures was hijacked and stolen. According to GAME, the truck, which was coming from Nintendo's European headquarters and going to GAME's UK warehouse, never made it to its destination.

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Bethesda begins deactivating illegally obtained ' Elder Scrolls Online' keys

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda Softworks revealed via this update to the official Elder Scrolls Online site that it has begun deactivating game accounts that were created using "stolen keys." In the post from Bethesda community manager Jason Leavey, the company claims that these keys were likely bought with stolen credit cards via Steam or with customers' credit cards without their permission of knowledge.

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Diablo III gamers steal virtual goods, suffer real life consequences

May 21, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

According to court documents obtained by Fusion.net, back in the summer of 2012, Patrick Nepomuceno of California and Michael Stinger of Maryland, stole a bunch of Diablo III players' virtual weapons and armor then hawked them for north of eight grand. How? They tricked players into downloading a remote access tool (RAT) by disguising it as a link to what they claimed was a pic of a rare in-game item.

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'League of Legends' player admits swatting and stalking multiple victims in the U.S. and Canada

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player has plead guilty to 23 different charges related to online stalking, hacking, and swatting incidents in the United States and Canada. According to Tricity News, the 17-year-old male, who can't be identified due to his age, plead guilty last week to 23 counts of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment.   

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Waupaca, Wisconsin teen gets caught swatting, loses Xbox

May 11, 2015 - James Fudge

A 17-year-old Waupaca, Wisconsin teen had his "Xbox" confiscated by Waupaca County after they determined that he had attempted to "swat" a rival player. According to WeAreGreenBay.com, the teen allegedly called the Waupaca County 911 Communications Center on Sunday afternoon claiming that a woman had been shot in the leg in an apartment on Eight Street (in Waupaca) and the shooter was still in the house. The caller claimed they were making the call while hiding in a closet.

Police responded to the scene and learned quickly that the call was a hoax.

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Missoula, Montana 'Minecraft' player swatted

May 7, 2015 - James Fudge

Jamie Greenwood was enjoying a leisurely game of Minecraft at around 2:30 pm on Tuesday afternoon when suddenly officers from two different police departments - the University of Montana Police and the Missoula Police Department - were at her door.

After the dozen or so police officers from two different departments responded to the scene at an apartment complex on the intersection of South and Maurice Avenues, they determined that the call was a hoax. Police received an emergency call earlier in the day claiming that hostage situation was unfolding at Greenwood's address.

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Interzone CEO faces 120 years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering

May 5, 2015 - James Fudge

A recently unsealed federal indictment reveals that Marty Brickey was charged with three counts of wire fraud and six counts of money laundering related to fundraising activities that generated an estimated $14.5 million for Brickey's numerous game development companies.

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GamerGate D.C. gathering targeted by bomb threat

May 4, 2015 - James Fudge

The social media movement known as GamerGate held its first U.S. meet-up (called #GGinDC) on May 1 at a bar called the Local 16 in Washington, D.C. But in the wee hours of Friday night / Saturday morning as hundreds of people were mingling and having a good time, police converged on the scene and evacuated the building.

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Florida Supreme Court upholds conviction of 'Xbox Murders' defendant

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Florida Supreme Court has upheld the 2006 conviction of Jerone Hunter, for his part in what is commonly referred to as the notorious "Xbox Murders." The court heard the case in October of last year. Jerone Hunter, was one of the four men convicted of brutally murdering six people in a Deltona, Florida home in 2004.

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Atlanta teen severely burned in dispute over a stolen PS3

April 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An Atlanta teen was severely burned by two men because they believed he stole a PlayStation 3. According to Atlanta-based news station WSBTV, 17-year-old Damon Clay was asleep on a relative's couch when 19-year-old Quintavious Barber and 18-year-old Malik Moton (supposedly his friends) attacked him after accusing him of stealing a PlayStation 3. The duo allegedly dumped a boiling hot pot of rice on Clay while he slept.

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Former University of Tennessee defensive lineman charged with stealing Xbox and games

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A former University of Tennessee defensive lineman has been charged with stealing an Xbox One and three games, according to a report in The Tribune. Former Tennessee defensive lineman Michael Sawyers is was booked on a felony theft charge and released on $1,000 bond.

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Sore loser swats Long Island home after losing a round of 'Call of Duty'

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An emergency call sent 60 police officers and emergency personnel to a home on Laurelton Boulevard in Long Beach, New York (Long Island) on Tuesday, but the whole thing turned out to be a swatting attempt.

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Winnipeg man charged with sexually assaulting teen he met in online game

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A 37-year-old Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) man was arrested and charged with allegedly raping a girl from Singapore who he befriended in an unnamed MMORPG.

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NJ lawmaker seeking tougher penalties for swatting gets targeted over the weekend

April 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester) claims that he was recently the victim of a swatting attempt. The name might sound familiar to GamePolitics readers; Assemblyman Moriarty is the New Jersey lawmaker who has been pushing a bill since October of last year in the state that would stiffen the punishment for swatting (or other crimes loosely associated with reporting a "False Public Alarm").

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Murder suspect apprehended by his own stupidity

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Thirty-year-old Hubert Wingate of Homewood, Pennsylvania (a Pittsburg suburb) has been charged for the murder of Andre Gray, whose body was found last month after he disappeared from his Lawrenceville home in October. Wingate, who clearly isn't that smart, was tracked down by police after using the victim's PlayStation.

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North Carolina man goes to court for four-week crime spree that included robbing a GameStop

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A North Carolina man will finally have the first of many days in court to answer for a four-week crime spree that included stealing a car and robbing a GameStop in Mecklenburg County, among a litany of other crimes alleged by police in multiple counties throughout the state.

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Minneapolis man steals 8-year-old's video games, gets caught on camera

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Minneapolis man has been charged with allegedly stealing more than $1,000 of video games and game systems from an 8-year-old boy who was visiting him while he was a patient at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.

The 43-year-old-man, identified as Dave A. Schmotter, allegedly stole a case containing the video game-related items and hung it on his intravenous stand while the boy and his mother were distracted during a visit in November of last year.

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'GGautoblocker' creator and 'Online Abuse Prevention Initiative' founder targeted by swatting attempt

April 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Randi Harper, the founder of Online Abuse Prevention Initiative (OAPI) and the creator of the GGautoblocker tool, was the target of a swatting attempt on April 2, according to what she wrote on her personal web site on Friday and what the Oakland Police Department told GamePolitics this afternoon.

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Princeton, WV game store swatting tied to series of prank calls, police claim

April 2, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on a retro game store in Princeton, West Virginia getting swatted on Monday evening. Today we are learning a little bit more about who might have been behind it.

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Digital Press Videogames in Clifton, NJ gets swatted

March 29, 2015 - James Fudge

According to several reports (Cliffview Pilot, NorthJersey.com, and New York Daily News), Clifton, New Jersey Police received a 911 call from someone claiming that "men armed with shotguns" had taken hostages at a shopping

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Calif. teen arrested for swatting attempts in two states

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

A thirteen-year-old Camarillo, Calif. boy was arrested on March 17 for allegedly making multiple calls to police departments in Ventura County, Calif., and New Jersey in an attempt to "swat" three different targets. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the teen (whose name was not released because he is a minor) allegedly made three calls reporting violent crimes in progress between January 15 and 20.

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Two men charged for stealing three consoles from a Palo Alto Fry's Electronics at gunpoint

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Normally when we report on a robbery at a GameStop or other electronics retailers, the perpetrators manage to escape into the night with their ill-gotten goods, never to be seen again or apprehended by police. But this San Jose Mercury News report details how Palo Alto police finally caught up with two men who allegedly robbed a Fry's Electronics of several consoles at gunpoint on Jan. 28.

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Manchester, NH 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' player gets targeted by swatter

March 17, 2015 - James Fudge

A 27-year-old from Manchester, New Hampshire says he was targeted by someone online after police were sent to his home last Sunday night. Leighton Timmins, a 27-year-old who works in the IT department of a local college, says that police received a call purporting to be him and claiming that he had shot and killed his father in his apartment.

Of course he never called the police and his father was not in the residence (and quite alive somewhere else) when police entered his residence on Sunday evening.

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Congresswoman Katherine Clark Wants FBI and DOJ To Prosecute Online Harassment Cases

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass) is calling on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to do a better job of handling cases of online harassment - particularly those that target women. Clark took a particular interest in GamerGate and activities that have been associated with the Twitter hashtag because Boston-based developer Brianna Wu is in the district she represents.

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Swatting: It's All Fun And Games Until Someone Gets Murdered

March 10, 2015 - James Fudge

It's Just A Harmless Prank...

Some might describe swatting, the act of making an erroneous phone call to a police department in the hopes that they will deploy a SWAT team to a specific location, as an innocuous prank. The "royal they" of the Internet note that, besides the target's pride being hurt and being mildly humiliated, swatting is harmless and funny. 

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benohawkThat still isn't Steam pay royalties. At best it is Bethesda not being willing to relicense the music,07/27/2015 - 12:51pm
Infophile(cont'd) different service. This often happened with TV shows, where music was only licensed for broadcast, but not for DVD release. So for many older shows, they either have to relicense it or use different/no music for the DVD release.07/27/2015 - 12:36pm
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