Don't misuse emergency call services19/10/2007 Written by minor
Misusing emergency services can be sometimes quite expensive. Sometimes you can be jailed for it. Randall Ellis, 19-years old from Mukilteo, Washington is accused from hacking into the county’s 911 system from his home and placing a false emergency call, prompting a fully armed response to the home of an unsuspecting people, OC Register informed.
This technique, known as “SWATting” was seen in U.S. by law enforcement agencies already before. Attacker breaches into emergency system calling for help, then as response SWAT team is called on site. In this case, Ellis pretended to be a teenager shot into shoulder by someone and cocaine overdose case. SWAT with helicopter and dogs responden to this false call in Lake Forest house.
Now it is not clear, how Ellis breached into system and authorities will not publish details to not jeopardize investigation. Fact is, that Ellis transfered fake information about origin of the call. Incident ended without casualties, but next time, such kids-game could result into tragedy. Therefore don’t misuse emergency services. Next time it could be you, who needs really their help.