On Wednesday, a Canadian 17-year-old plead guilty to 23 charges relating to swatting calls and other false police reports, many of which had targeted his online opponents in the video game League of Legends.
According to a lengthy report by Canadian publication Tri-City News, the prosecution’s case against the Coquitlam, British Columbia teenager asserted that the teen (whose name wasn’t released due to his age) targeted “mostly young, female gamers” who declined or ignored his friend requests on LoL and Twitter.
The most notable example was an University of Arizona in Tucson college student who’d dropped out after she and her family members had been victimized by repeated swatting calls (including this nearly simultaneous attack on both the woman and her parents), financial information theft, “text bombs,” false cell phone service orders, and intrusions into her e-mail and Twitter accounts. According to prosecutors, the months of attacks against this woman began on September 16 when the teen called Tucson police as if he were at her address, “claiming he had shot his parents with an AR15 rifle, had bombs, and would kill the police if he saw any marked vehicles,” the report stated.
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