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Police Militarization meets Hacker Culture: Swatting

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    Subscribe to VICE News here: bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-NewsnnIn recent years, a small amount of hackers and gamers have been anonymously reporting fake ho

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    Subscribe to VICE News here: bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-NewsnnIn recent years, a small amount of hackers and gamers have been anonymously reporting fake hostage situations, shootings, and other violent crimes designed to send elite police units, like SWAT teams, to unsuspecting people at their residences.nnSwatting is a dangerous and expensive prank, which is easy to pull off.

    Swatters are utilizing easily accessible technology to mask or even alter the ID during calls to 911 dispatchers.

    With SWAT teams and paramilitary gear becoming the norm across small town America, these calls have predictably chaotic results.nnDespite the hyper-vigilance of America's law enforcement, authorities still struggle to defend themselves from the unlikeliest of threats — tech-savvy teenagers.

    Police militarization meets hacker culture as VICE News investigates the dangerous crime of swatting.nnCheck out the VICE News beta for more: vicenews.comnnFollow VICE News here:nFacebook: www.facebook.com/vicenewsnTwitter: twitter.com/vicenewsnTumblr: vicenews.tumblr.com/

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