Hoax sends SWAT team to reporter's house
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.