A 17-year-old Canadian League of Legends player has pleaded guilty to 18 charges stemming from a series of ‘Swatting’ attacks against other gamers.
Ready to be scared for the future of humanity? Here are just some of the things he did according to Canada’s Tri-City News:
“He had a consistent pattern of trying to connect with the online gamers â€” many of them fans of the game League of Legends. But when they denied his requests, he shut down their internet access, posted their personal information online, repeatedly called them late at night and contacted the police in their hometown, posing as someone else.
Often, he would tell the police he was holding a family hostage, had napalm bombs or had killed someone in the house. He would demand a ransom, order a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team â€” hence the term “swatting” â€” to show up with a police helicopter, or say he would kill any law enforcement official who intervened, Bauer said.
The teen, who went under the same social media user or name (or a variation of it), would also retaliate by posting a target’s parentsâ€™ dates of birth, and social insurance and credit card numbers on the web, and had pizza which they had not ordered delivered to their home.”
They even get specific on some of the things he did to one girl in Arizona:
“On Sept. 16, 2014, after she repeatedly rejected him, the teen called the Tucson police to prompt a swat of her home, claiming he had shot his parents with an AR15 rifle, had bombs and would kill the police if he saw any marked vehicles.
Five days later, he pulled the same prank while her mother was visiting, as well as swatted her parentsâ€™ home in Phoenix, identifying himself as the womanâ€™s brother and telling the police department there: â€œI shot my parents with an AR15 rifle.â€ Police and a helicopter were on scene within minutes and the father and son were removed from the home at gunpoint.
The Phoenix hoax generated news stories and the Coquitlam teen posted a link to an article on his Twitter feed, â€œbragging he made the call,â€ Bauer said.
The next month, the teen sent the woman a message to inform all her parentsâ€™ credit card information was online. Three days late, the teen used a program to send his victim 218 text messages simultaneously, the court heard.
And last December, the teen hacked into the woman’s University of Arizona email and Twitter accounts.
The teen tweeted out the familiesâ€™ personal information, including their social insurance numbers, and called companies posing as the womanâ€™s father. He tried to cancel utilities and the internet to the parentsâ€™ home, and signed the woman up for a new phone service at a cost of $500 a month for the data plan.”
Some people have called the game “League of Terrorists” due to the absolutely toxic community that plays it, and things like this aren’t helping the reputation of the game that boasts of having the most players in the entire world.