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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A Tale of Two Swattings

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It seems like some police departments are starting to understand what "swatting" is. On the night of March 6, Plymouth, Massachusetts police received a call about an undisclosed act of violence occurring at a home on Carol Boulevard in West Plymouth. Apparently familiar with other instances of fake calls, Plymouth police first dispatched a unit to confirm its suspicions that the call was fake. Checking the residence they quickly confirmed that there was nothing going on at the home.

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Couple Plays 'Call of Duty' While Infant Suffers From Brain Injuries

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A couple from South Yorkshire, England are currently on trial for their part in giving their infant son brain damage. According to a report in The Star, the couple (who are not named) played a newly launched "Call of Duty" video game while their four-month-old son lay in his crib with a severe brain injury, according to what the court was told by prosecutors at the couple's ongoing trial.

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Minnesota Man Swatted While Streaming 'RuneScape'

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

St. Cloud, Minnesota resident Joshua Peters was swatted while running a RuneScape stream on Twitch, according to an ABC News report. Peters, a U.S. Air Force veteran was playing the browser-based MMORPG on Wednesday when he fell victim to an apparent "swatting" prank. St. Cloud Chief of Police William Anderson confirmed the incident to ABC News and said that it was currently under investigation.

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Left Behind Games Executive Punished For Illegal Stock Trading

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Hawaiian court has sided with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a former executive from religious-themed video games publisher Left Behind Games, according to an Accounting Today report (as reported by Blue's News) detailing the particulars of the case.

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'DOTA' Banned in Salawag, Philippines After Fatal Stabbings

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The small town of Salawag (Salawag, Dasmariñas City, Cavite to be exact) in the Philippines has banned playing the Warcraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients, due to a number of stabbings and bad behavior among some of the town's youth, The Inquirer.net reports (as highlighted by Kotaku).

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UK Man Arrested For Christmas Day Attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A series of tweets this morning from the official Twitter account for the UK law enforcement agency South East Regional Organized Crime Unit reveals that an unnamed 18-year-old has been arrested in South Port, England for his alleged part in the Christmas day dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attacks that took both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live offline.

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Europol Seizes Domains Engaging in Counterfeit Product Sales

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Europol has seized 292 web domains that were being used to sell counterfeit and pirated goods, according to the BBC. These domains were allegedly being used to sell fake versions of luxury goods such as sportswear, electronics, movies, video games, pharmaceutical drugs, music, and more. Anyone visiting those sites will now see an "educational" message on copyright crime.

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Boston Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder of UK Girlfriend He Met in 'RuneScape'

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twenty-year-old Boston man Shane Coffey has been sentenced in the UK for attempting to kill his online girlfriend and her brother in their Hook Road, Epsom, Surrey home on April 18. Coffey met 19-year-old Farha Dowlut in the online MMORPG Runescape when she was 13-years-old. They became close friends and later began dating online. Over the years they spent time gaming and chatting online. Dowlut eventually broke off the relationship because she feared that her Muslim family would not approve (because Coffey was not a Muslim).

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Unnamed Bungie Executive 'Swatted'

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to news station KOMO, a Bungie executive found himself in the crosshairs of police in the early hours of November 6. A call (which later turned out be an attempt at "swatting" the Bungie executive) to Sammamish, Washington Police Department from an armed gunman claiming to have taken the residents of the Bungie executive's home hostage and demanding a ransom sent law enforcement into action.

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Fugitive Pirate Bay Co-Founder Captured in Thailand

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Another co-founder of Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has been arrested. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, known by his hacker name TiAMO, was detained in the north-eastern town of Nong Khai while trying to cross into Thailand from Laos, according to what local police tell BBC.

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Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Utah State University Lecture After School Receives Death Threats

October 15, 2014 - James Fudge

Feminist Frequency founder and Tropes v. Women in Video Games series creator Anita Sarkeesian was forced to cancel a talk at Utah State University scheduled for this evening, after University officials confirmed that it had received a death threat via email.

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Report: Jefferson Parish Men Steal Credit Cards, Buy Video Games

October 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jefferson Parish (the greater New Orleans, Louisiana) authorities are searching for two men who held a Woodmere resident at gunpoint and stole that person's debit and credit cards. The two young men (pictured, left) were later captured on surveillance cameras trying to buy games at a local video game store, according to authorities.

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Melbourne Murder Trial Testimony Focuses on 'Call of Duty Training'

October 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Testimony in the trial of a 19-year-old from Melbourne, Australia man who stabbed a homeless person to death in January after an altercation, seems to be trying to create the defense that Call of Duty had a strong influence on the defendant's state of mind. Easton George Woodhead is facing a murder charge for repeatedly stabbing Morgan Wayne "Mousey" Perry at an encampment of homeless people living on the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River.

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Video Game Thwarts Defendant in Boston Marathon Bombing 'Obstruction of Justice' Trial

October 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A 20-year-old who was charged with lying to investigators (obstruction of justice) about his supporting role in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, tried to defend his actions by saying he "was too high" to remember, according to MSN.

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Florida Supreme Court Hears Appeal Arguments for 'Xbox Murders' Participant Jerone Hunter

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to the Miami Herald Tribune's On Tap in The Capital political column, the "Xbox murders" case is being heard by the Florida Supreme Court today. The Florida Supreme Court will hear appeal arguments in the case of Jerone Hunter, one of the four men convicted of brutally murdering six people in a Deltona, Florida home in 2004.

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Square Enix Sues SNK Playmore

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Back in August SNK Playmore filed a criminal complaint against Square Enix, alleging that the company had engaged in "criminal copyright infringement" by using over 100 instances of unauthorized depictions of SNK Playmore characters in its Hi Score Girl manga.

This also led to the Consumer and Economic Crime Division of the Osaka, Japan Police raiding the local offices of Square-Enix to gather evidence.

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Gearbox Targeted By Fake Bomb Threat

October 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On October 3rd Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford sent out a series of tweets - with photos - showing that someone called in a bomb threat to the company's headquarters in Dallas, Texas. While the call turned out to be a hoax, the Dallas police made sure that the areas was clear and safe before letting employees get back into the building or to their nearby vehicles.

The police department has not released details on where the call might have emanated from.

Below are Pitchford's tweets:

 

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DOJ Indicts Four For Stealing Data From Microsoft, Valve, and The U.S. Military

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that four people have been indicted for allegedly breaching the computer systems of several video game companies and the US military, and stealing software worth over $100 million.

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Georgia Man Murdered for PS4

September 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

One transaction gone horribly wrong leads to four people having their lives ruined - with one of those lives coming to a tragic end over a video game system. That's what happened in Roswell, Georgia when two people who answered a Craigslist ad looking to sell a PlayStation 4. The owner of the PS4, 28-year-old Daniel John Zeitz put an ad on Craigslist looking to sell it.

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'Minecraft' CraftBukkit Mod Developer Becomes Victim of Swatting

September 12, 2014 - James Fudge

Wesley "wolvereness" Wolfe is the latest to become victimized by a swatting prank. According to Chron, the 25-year-old programmer best known for Craftbukkit for Minecraft, was the victim of someone sending a swat team to his house, claiming that he had shot and killed his parents and was going to kill more people.

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4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like 4chan, a place that some might call the filthiest corner of the Internet, is putting a DMCA policy in place. According to this TorrentFreak article, the new policy was put in place in the wake of hundreds of nude celebrity photos being leaked online after being stolen from Apple's cloud service. Some insist that those photos first started showing up on 4chan.

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'The Creatures' Founder Gets Swatted While Live Streaming 'Counter-Strike'

August 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night a founding member of the popular YouTube channel The Creatures was the victim of swatting, and the entire incident was caught on his live stream. Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson was playing Counter-Strike on a live-stream when a SWAT team showed up and took him to the floor of his office at gunpoint.

"Uh oh, this isn't good," Kootra said during the live stream. "They're clearing rooms - what in the world? I think we're getting swatted."

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Anaheim Couple Sentenced For Imprisoning Young Children to Play 'World of Warcraft'

August 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An Anaheim, California couple have been sentenced for neglecting their two young daughters to play World of Warcraft over a three-year period. Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife Petra Huffmire, both 41-years-old and resident of Anaheim, were sentenced to five years in prison on August 5.

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MineORama Organizers Disappear

August 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In July we reported on MineORama, a Minecraft fan gathering in New York City that was canceled at the last minute. While organizers insisted that the event was not a scam and that it would be rescheduled, organizers are showing their true colors by shutting down their Twitter account and their official website at www.mineorama.com. And while their Facebook page is still live, organizers have not made an update since early July.

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Poll: Is Leland Yee Guilty?

August 8, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Leland Yee, best known to GP readers as the California state senator who wasted over 1.3 million tax payer dollars in a failed bid to introduce a law that would criminalize the sale of particularly violent video games to minors, was arrested earlier this year and brought up on federal racketeering charges.

Yee is accused of a bunch of unsavory deeds ranging from soliciting bribes in exchange for political favors to attempting to broker an arms deal.

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Goth_SkunkDespite not being a fan of fighting games I had to check out that R Mika trailer. Loved it. Still won't buy the game though, on account of Isuckatstreetfighteritis.08/29/2015 - 2:42am
MechaCrashI use a Dynex DX-840 headset, but it's discontinued. :( I wanted a mono headset so I could keep the other ear free for my speakers, but it has the bonus of being very light and comfortable, so you don't notice it.08/29/2015 - 12:41am
Big PermSora - I was just having a slow day at work earlier. Now I'm home with vidya!08/28/2015 - 7:54pm
ZippyDSMleeSora-Chan: Blender is easy compared to 3Dmax :P08/28/2015 - 6:51pm
Sora-Chantime to take up a hobby? maybe messing around in GIMP to make wallpapers? use qCAD to design somethin? open Blender and stare at it for a couple hours trying to figure what does what?08/28/2015 - 6:41pm
Big PermAlso, yes. I've been spamming the shoutbox. I don't have much going on today, don't judge me08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Big PermThanks, but yeah. Not sure I wanna drop that kind of cash :P I don't even mind the sound quality of my krakens, it just hurts to wear em after a couple hours.08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Sora-Chan@Big Perm: I'm a bit of a fan of the Omega Recon3D headset from SoundBlaster. Though it is a bit expensive.08/28/2015 - 2:36pm
Big PermI actually need to look into a new headset. I have those green razer krakens and I would not suggest them. Though maybe they're better for people without glasses08/28/2015 - 11:32am
Big PermI've never heard if Apple was dominant in Japan.08/28/2015 - 11:25am
E. Zachary KnightBeats by Dre? If music videos are anything to go by, they are the only headphones in existence.08/28/2015 - 11:21am
Big PermI wonder what kind of headphones she has08/28/2015 - 11:13am
Andrew EisenMy favorite fighter character/costume of late is Lucky Chloe from Tekken 7.08/28/2015 - 10:59am
Big PermYou might be right, Zippy08/28/2015 - 9:21am
ZippyDSMleeBig Perm: Naw best ever goes to kill la kill!08/28/2015 - 9:14am
Big PermHer costume is amazing. It may be the best costume ever08/28/2015 - 8:30am
E. Zachary KnightLike I said, she looks like a fun character to play, but her costume is really obnoxious.08/28/2015 - 8:29am
MattsworknameMika was always about being a show off and using her but to crush her foes, even back in the alpha days. They just took that and maxed it to the extreme, and I LOVE IT!!!!!08/28/2015 - 5:36am
IvresseJust saw R Mika trailer myself. I do like the inclusion of Vega as the punching bag, especially with that Stone Cold Stunner knocking his mask off....but that ultra move with his face between 4 buttcheeks...class! :-)08/28/2015 - 5:20am
MattsworknameOk, finally got a chance to look at the R mika trailer for SF 5, and I Heart her so bloody much. She just looks like pure fun to play as and is SO colorful. All the YES!08/28/2015 - 3:23am

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