Hoax sends SWAT team to reporter’s house

Ars Technica
Brian Krebs’ plans for a dinner party Thursday were interrupted by a SWAT team, Dan Goodin reports.

On Thursday, he became one of the first journalists to be on the receiving end of a vicious hoax that prompted a raid on his Northern Virginia home by a swarm of heavily armed police officers. The tactic, known as “SWATing,” has long been a favorite of depraved hackers. They use computers or special phone equipment to make emergency calls that appear to come from their target’s phone number. When a 911 operator answers, they report a life-threatening, sometimes horrific crime in progress.

Krebs’ online-security blog is regularly attacked, “presumably by people who are unhappy that the articles he publishes threaten their illicit livelihoods or tarnish their reputations,” Goodin writes. Krebs tells Goodin he filed a report with the Fairfax County, Va., police six months ago warning them something like this may happen.

Krebs reported in February that his former employer, The Washington Post, had like other major news orgs been attacked by Chinese hackers.

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  • NateBowman

    Way to subjugate journalism to page clicks, Mr. Beaujon.

    It was NOT a SWAT team. Neither Mr. Krebs, in relating the events, nor Mr. Goodin report it as such.

    I am also puzzled about the gratuitous choice of mentioning the Chinese hackers. One reading the story might think that there is a connection between the SWATting and the Chinese hackers. If there is, it should have been supplied. Mr. Krebs writes on a different topic every day. Why choose this one?

    BTW, here is Mr. Krebs:
    “a Web of malicious software thought to have been planted by Chinese cyberspies”
    Not nearly as definitive as Mr. Beaujon’s statement