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(Des Moines Register)   Police say a 911 call reporting a hostage situation and shooting that resulted in SWAT team mobilization and a standoff was actually the result of a Call of Duty game   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 35
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2013-06-19 04:18:51 AM
Based on interviews with the family, Des Moines police believe the caller had interacted with the 16-year-old online while playing "Call of Duty." The teen was apparently selling "hacks," or cheat codes allowing players to advance in the game, which upset another user, police said.
In a game chat, that person told the teen he would be "SWATed."


So being SWATed is a thing now, good to know
 
2013-06-19 04:19:51 AM
The prankster is either a male or female who plays the computer video game "Call Of Duty," is likely young and someone who is computer savvy.


No.
 
2013-06-19 04:33:50 AM

you are a puppet: Based on interviews with the family, Des Moines police believe the caller had interacted with the 16-year-old online while playing "Call of Duty." The teen was apparently selling "hacks," or cheat codes allowing players to advance in the game, which upset another user, police said.
In a game chat, that person told the teen he would be "SWATed."

So being SWATed is a thing now, good to know


sadly, it is.  you can even pay people to do it for you...in the deepweb...
immaturity can be powerful behind a computer
 
2013-06-19 04:39:09 AM
More than five weeks later, here's what Des Moines detectives know about the hoax: The prankster is either a male or female..........


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2013-06-19 04:40:04 AM
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\Nice to see that our telephone system works about the way it was predicted to.
\\Now only if we can get augmentation down in the next 5 years...
 
2013-06-19 04:42:15 AM
Because of the telephone system the call came through on to the dispatcher, The original telephone call, because of the telephone system that was used, was bounced through several locations - first to the national relay system, then Iowa's relay system - before landing at with the Des Moines dispatch.

That journalist does not deserve to be SWATed, whatever the fark that is, but they should pay me some kind of settlement for having to read that abortion of sentence.
 
2013-06-19 04:54:58 AM
again????   they didnt learn their lesson after the first time
 
2013-06-19 05:00:22 AM
if ONLY there was a way for police to verify this information before they bust in a door.

(Don't use the word "Hostage", it slows response)
 
2013-06-19 05:21:32 AM
Wait wut?
/Damn
 
2013-06-19 05:33:23 AM
The prankster is either a male or female

img.fark.net
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2013-06-19 05:52:20 AM

thamike: The prankster is either a male or female


I love that film. All the same, I'm glad I didn't want to sleep tonight.

/Touch-a, touch-a, touch me
//Indeed
 
2013-06-19 06:19:44 AM
Tinfoil hat time:

FTFA: "But police couldn't recover records of the chat."

Based on other stories I've seen about "teerists" using game chat to coordinate shiat, does anyone see the gubmint using this reasoning to "ask" the game servers to log physical locations etc of players?

/tinfoil hat off
 
2013-06-19 06:54:45 AM
Because of the telephone system the call came through on to the dispatcher, The original telephone call, because of the telephone system that was used, was bounced through several locations - first to the national relay system, then Iowa's relay system - before landing at with the Des Moines dispatch. Investigators couldn't trace the call back any further.

I'm glad we cleared that up.

/Journalism -- how does it work?
 
2013-06-19 07:04:04 AM
I used to be a relay operator. God that job sucked. Actual calls to or from deaf users was maybe a quarter of our workload. The rest was Nigerian scammers and punk kids. The damn company made 1.25$ per minute regardless, funded by the taxes in everybody's phone bills. :/
 
2013-06-19 07:13:41 AM

you are a puppet: Based on interviews with the family, Des Moines police believe the caller had interacted with the 16-year-old online while playing "Call of Duty." The teen was apparently selling "hacks," or cheat codes allowing players to advance in the game, which upset another user, police said.
In a game chat, that person told the teen he would be "SWATed."

So being SWATed is a thing now, good to know


Has been for quite some time. There was a story long ago of a pudgy blind kid who could mimic sounds and voices that would do it a lot.
 
2013-06-19 07:18:55 AM
Like flashers. Swat pulls their sh&t out much too quickly.
 
2013-06-19 07:27:21 AM
It's almost like safety is an illusion. Nah, thats crazy talk.
 
2013-06-19 07:33:10 AM
The prankster is either a male or female who plays the computer video game "Call Of Duty," is likely young and someone who is computer savvy.

Detectives went on to add that the prankster is white,black,asian,hispanic,europian,middle eastern,native american or other. That they do or do not wear glasses, and most likely live in some type of house. They live in a rural, suburb, or city area, likely drink carbonated beverages, sleep at least 4 hours a day,and possibly eat at fast food places. If you see someone matching this discription, please notify authorities.
 
2013-06-19 07:45:35 AM
Whole lot of butthurt in there. They got hurt. Hurt good. In the butt. And they mad.
 
2013-06-19 08:00:55 AM
I wish the Government would create a large database containing metadata of all phone calls.  Redefine the definition of terrorism and they could perform a forensic type analysis of the records to determine where and when the calls were routed.  If only - I guess something like this would cost too much and perhaps be constitutionally suspect.
 
2013-06-19 08:01:25 AM

wambu: Because of the telephone system the call came through on to the dispatcher, The original telephone call, because of the telephone system that was used, was bounced through several locations - first to the national relay system, then Iowa's relay system - before landing at with the Des Moines dispatch. Investigators couldn't trace the call back any further.

I'm glad we cleared that up.

/Journalism -- how does it work?


I'm going to guess the kid used Skype to make the call. Since it's not a landline, your physical address won't come up automatically on the 911 system. Also, since it's Internet, you can't localize it through GPS, Wi-Fi, etc. They'll probably find him through his Skype account eventually, unless you can create throwaways with bogus info.
 
2013-06-19 08:13:56 AM
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2013-06-19 08:16:28 AM

MythDragon: The prankster is either a male or female who plays the computer video game "Call Of Duty," is likely young and someone who is computer savvy.

Detectives went on to add that the prankster is white,black,asian,hispanic,europian,middle eastern,native american or other. That they do or do not wear glasses, and most likely live in some type of house. They live in a rural, suburb, or city area, likely drink carbonated beverages, sleep at least 4 hours a day,and possibly eat at fast food places. If you see someone matching this discription, please notify authorities.


Subject may or may not be hatless. Repeat, HATLESS.
 
2013-06-19 08:22:06 AM

wambu: Because of the telephone system the call came through on to the dispatcher, The original telephone call, because of the telephone system that was used, was bounced through several locations - first to the national relay system, then Iowa's relay system - before landing at with the Des Moines dispatch. Investigators couldn't trace the call back any further.

I'm glad we cleared that up.

/Journalism -- how does it work?


Wait, I thought every conversation was recorded and traceable in a Prisim database.

/begin the outrage that it's not.
//Prism isn't data mining.
///If they were (or are or do in the future) that would be bad, and I don't endorse it.
 
2013-06-19 08:33:56 AM
See, I'm normally the last person to acknowledge a time and a place for government monitoring...but this certainly should, and could, have been avoided. If Microsoft hadn't been so tardy in innovating their Kinect 2 system, backtracing and identifying this perpetrator would be a trivial matter. I know I personally will feel more secure pwning tweens once I know their threats can be swiftly and justly dealt with.
 
2013-06-19 08:36:23 AM

sloshed_again: Like flashers. Swat pulls their sh&t out much too quickly.


Until something like Sandy Hook, then it's never fast enough.
 
2013-06-19 09:02:13 AM
I was expecting someones $5000 surround system being cranked up to 11 and a worried neighbor called.
 
2013-06-19 09:16:38 AM

God-is-a-Taco: The prankster is either a male or female who plays the computer video game "Call Of Duty," is likely young and someone who is computer savvy.


No.


Dunno, if they were smart enough to use the TTY system to cover their tracks, I'd call it savvy.

Maybe the Des Moines police should contact the NSA since they seem to have all the meta data.
 
2013-06-19 09:18:46 AM

NutWrench: I'm going to guess the kid used Skype to make the call. Since it's not a landline, your physical address won't come up automatically on the 911 system. Also, since it's Internet, you can't localize it through GPS, Wi-Fi, etc. They'll probably find him through his Skype account eventually, unless you can create throwaways with bogus info.


Even a VoIP call has to hit the POTS network at some point to get to a 911 PSAP.  I work at a LEC in Des Moines...I wonder if the call went through our switch.  If I did I could trace it as far as when it entered and exited our network.  That wouldn't help all that much...but its something.
 
2013-06-19 09:21:05 AM

NutWrench: wambu: Because of the telephone system the call came through on to the dispatcher, The original telephone call, because of the telephone system that was used, was bounced through several locations - first to the national relay system, then Iowa's relay system - before landing at with the Des Moines dispatch. Investigators couldn't trace the call back any further.

I'm glad we cleared that up.

/Journalism -- how does it work?

I'm going to guess the kid used Skype to make the call. Since it's not a landline, your physical address won't come up automatically on the 911 system. Also, since it's Internet, you can't localize it through GPS, Wi-Fi, etc. They'll probably find him through his Skype account eventually, unless you can create throwaways with bogus info.


I was more concerned about the poor grammar that any techie/spook stuff.
 
2013-06-19 10:10:29 AM
My guess is that it's probably technically possible to trace the caller/player, but since it's just a misdemeanor they aren't going to bother, especially since it's highly likely the caller is out of state and possibly in another country.  This sort of thing should be a felony, IMHO.
 
2013-06-19 11:24:27 AM
I thought this was going to be about my xbro friend playing COD and screaming bloody murder at the TV for hours on end. It's a wonder the cops aren't there every day.


/he's 37
 
2013-06-19 03:29:23 PM
Sometime shortly after the original Doom game came out I hooked it up to my stereo. I played it for about 2-3 minutes before the cops were pounding on my door. I'm not sure who was more confused, the cops looking for the guy firing the shotgun or me looking at the cops.

They asked me to demonstrate the sound to prove I wasn't firing a real shotgun in my apartment but forgot to tell their buddies outside. I fired the shotgun once only to freak out the cops on the ground who came running up the stairs...
 
2013-06-19 04:01:35 PM
....With helpful details on how to pull this off without getting caught.
 
2013-06-19 05:50:06 PM

onyxruby: Sometime shortly after the original Doom game came out I hooked it up to my stereo. I played it for about 2-3 minutes before the cops were pounding on my door. I'm not sure who was more confused, the cops looking for the guy firing the shotgun or me looking at the cops.

They asked me to demonstrate the sound to prove I wasn't firing a real shotgun in my apartment but forgot to tell their buddies outside. I fired the shotgun once only to freak out the cops on the ground who came running up the stairs...


That's pure awesomeness. I wish I could have seen that.
 
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