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Hackers may be behind NSW 'swatting' hoax


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 05:26 PM

This is not funny, Somebody could get hurt.

 

 

HACKERS from anywhere in the world could have gained access to a Sydney teenager's computer and sparked an elaborate shooting hoax in the city's south.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/shots-fired-at-home-in-sydneys-south/story-fn3dxiwe-1226942375909

 

 

 

 

A Sydney teenager arrested after a bogus report about a shooting triggered an emergency police operation has claimed his laptop was hacked and he is the victim of an online hoax.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/teenager-arrested-over-hostage-drama-says-he-is-a-victim-of-swatting-hoax-20140604-39hyo.html

 

Wouldn't the Hackers need his residential address? I also think a little social engineering may have been involved.


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 10:45 PM

no, all they would have needed was his Ip which is easy to get online. Once they have the IP they can locate his address on the computer or even trace it to his home. Thats assuming the hackers didn't already know the kid in person. 


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