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Post 114213       March 22 '15 at 04:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's hands-up-controllers-down department:
HughPickens.com writes Nick Wingfield reports at the NYT that practical jokers who call in bogus reports of violence provoking huge police responses have set their sights on a new set of victims: video gamers who play live on the Internet, often in front of huge online audiences. Last month, several hundred people were watching Joshua Peters as he played RuneScape from his parents' home as video showed Peters suddenly leaving his computer when police officers appeared at the house and ordered him and his family at gunpoint to lie face down on the ground after some had called 911 claiming Peters had just shot his roommate. "With the live-streaming platforms, it amplifies the entire situation," says James Clayton Eubanks who says he has been swatted about a half-dozen times while he streamed his Call of Duty sessions. "Not only do they get to do this and cause this misery, they get to watch it unfold in front of thousands of people."

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Post 114215       March 22 '15 at 06:58 PM
The funny thing about this is that with how much domestic spying being carried out by our government, that they can't stop stupid things like this. How can we believe they'll effectively stop terrorism?