Canadian Teen Arrested for Swatting Attacks

Canada’s Ottawa Police Service recently arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with at least 30 alleged “swatting” attacks across North America.

As Ottawa Police Staff Sergeant Rick Baldwin-Ooms explained in a statement, “Swatting is a term utilized online to refer to engaging emergency services with false calls to affect revenge on an individual or organization by causing the response of armed SWAT Teams to active shooter scenarios or bomb threats.”

The unidentified teenager faces 60 charges, including public mischief, mischief to property, utter death threats, and convey false info with intent to alarm.

According to the FBI, the suspect has been linked to threats received by schools in Riverside, Calif.; Stockton, Calif.; Montgomery County, Md.; Melbourne, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Greenwich, Conn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Watervliet, N.Y.

Investigative reporter Brian Krebs, who was the target of two such attacks, suggests that the suspect is likely teenager Curtis Gervais, who uses the Twitter handle @ProbablyOnion2.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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