B.C. teen sen­tenced for cy­ber ‘swat­ting’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

PORT CO­QUIT­LAM, B.C. — A Bri­tish Columbia teenager has been sen­tenced to 16 months in jail for online pranks and threats that caused may­hem in com­mu­ni­ties as far away as On­tario, Cal­i­for­nia and Florida. The 17-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to 23 charges, in­clud­ing crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment, ex­tor­tion and public mis­chief. A pro­vin­cial court judge also sen­tenced him to eight months’ su­per­vi­sion but when time served is tal­lied, the boy could be out of jail by early next year. The teen, who can’t be named be­cause of his age, has also been banned from us­ing the In­ter­net. The youth was charged af­ter sev­eral so-called swat­ting in­ci­dents, a type of cy­ber crime where a hacker seizes com­puter ad­dresses to fake an emer­gency, send­ing a SWAT team or po­lice to un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims. Court heard the tar­gets were mainly women play­ing video games online but that in one case the teen’s hoax prompted a bomb squad to re­spond in Cal­i­for­nia.

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