Call of Duty Loser Sends SWAT Team To Victor's House

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Call of Duty Loser Sends SWAT Team To Victor's House

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A victorious Call of Duty player was rewarded for his effort with a visit from the local SWAT team after the loser reported that he'd murdered his mother.

Shortly after Rafael Castillo of Long Beach, New York dropped the hammer in an online match of Call of Duty earlier this week, he received a visit from the police. And not just any police: It was the Nassau County SWAT team come a-calling, backed by regular officers - more than 60 in total.

They were responding to a call that purportedly came from Castillo himself, in which he claimed to have killed his mother and was gearing up to go on a rampage. But when they showed up, mom was actually in the kitchen. It turns out that he was a victim of "Swatting" - calling in a fake report of such seriousness that special operations forces are brought in to handle it.

"I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn't know what was going on," Rafael's brother, Jose, told the New York Post. "Then one of the police officers said somebody called and said that the mother and brother of somebody in this house was killed. I said, 'How is that possible if she's right there and I'm right here?'"

It took police about 20 minutes to make contact with Rafael because he was still inside, playing video games with his headphones on. After confirming that it was a false alarm, police said it was likely that whoever placed the call traced Castillo's IP address to find out where he lives.

"It was probably just an evil little kid," an officer said. "It sucked up a lot of resources, caused traffic problems. It turned out to be a hoax."

My sympathy for the police is diminished somewhat by the fact that even though they acknowledged it was a prank, they took Castillo's computer anyway and presumably went over it with a fine-tooth comb, violating his digital privacy in just about every way imaginable. At the same time, sending a SWAT team on a wild goose chase like this is just beyond stupid; these guys go in hard and have a way of shooting at things that twitch the wrong way. Fun is fun, but sending in a paramilitary squad armed with automatic weapons is way over the line - which makes it even more alarming that it happens often enough to have its own name.

Police said they're still trying to track down the actual caller.

Source: New York Post

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Well, I can only say: Lucky that he wasnt standing in the kitchen with a knife in his hand cutting onions.
Otherwise this stupid prank might have become a horrible tragedy.

I dont blame the police, though. If they hadnt reacted that way and it wouldve been a real shooting (with the boy going rampage) the whole country would have risen up and lynched the officers.
Hindsight bias is a bitch...

....that's extremely dangerous for a number of reasons, but most importantly because it ties up police resources that need to be spent on other things.

The child who made that call should be arrested and charged with a felony. Teach the little shit a lesson.

"traced the IP to find out where he lives" its like people don't even how the internet works. No geolocation service is that accurate. The kid had to give out his name, or some sort of personal information. Most likely something with facebook. The idea that "traced his IP" is absurd.

I really dislike the use of "no-life" as an insult, but holy crap - how empty must your life be that this seems like a reasonable thing to do to someone you've never met?

I say find the caller and put his ass in jail. There's being a kid and doing stupid shit that you don't understand how much touble you'll get in for... And then there's DELIBERATELY ENDANGERING SOMEONE AND RISKING THEM GETTING KILLED BECAUSE YOU'RE BUTTHURT ABOUT LOSING A VIDEO GAME.

Nothing (sans maybe killing said caller) is too harsh here, maximum punishment, fuck him for being that stupid and angry and pointlessly vengeful.

My sympathy for the police is diminished somewhat by the fact that even though they acknowledged it was a prank, they took Castillo's computer anyway and presumably went over it with a fine-tooth comb, violating his digital privacy in just about every way imaginable.

Only "somewhat"? The victim is effectively getting punished for the crime of someone who they knew wasn't even there. As for identifying the culprit, there was not likely any relevant information on that PC they couldn't have gotten by other means.

Gee, why do so many people distrust cops?

Andy Chalk:

My sympathy for the police is diminished somewhat by the fact that even though they acknowledged it was a prank, they took Castillo's computer anyway and presumably went over it with a fine-tooth comb, violating his digital privacy in just about every way imaginable. At the same time, sending a SWAT team on a wild goose chase like this is just beyond stupid; these guys go in hard and have a way of shooting at things that twitch the wrong way. Fun is fun, but sending in a paramilitary squad armed with automatic weapons is way over the line - which makes it even more alarming that it happens often enough to have its own name.

Police said they're still trying to track down the actual caller.

Source: New York Post

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The way standard procedure works in a case like this (having cops/SWAT sent in under false pretenses) the taking of the computer is a voluntary thing. Specifically the police need permission to borrow the computer (which I am assuming what the game was one). Assuming they get it, they take it to the station for the purposes of having their IT people go over the hard-drive specifically to get information about the person that sent the false report (again, they would be informed of this during the time they ask for permission).

How do they know this came from Call of Duty? The level of detail seems to suggest whoever did this might have known him.

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That guy's lucky SWAT didn't kill him, those trigger happy bastards have been known to shoot first and ask questions never if you look at them funny when they bust into your house.

kiri2tsubasa:
The way standard procedure works in a case like this (having cops/SWAT sent in under false pretenses) the taking of the computer is a voluntary thing. Specifically the police need permission to borrow the computer (which I am assuming what the game was one). Assuming they get it, they take it to the station for the purposes of having their IT people go over the hard-drive specifically to get information about the person that sent the false report (again, they would be informed of this during the time they ask for permission).

While I don't dispute any of this, if I'm a videogame-playing teenager and I'm suddenly faced by an entire squad of armed police officers, I don't think I'd be in any fit state to deny any "requests" that they may have.

And I'd also echo Scrump here and ask how they know this was done by a rival CoD player? Seriously, if tracing someone's address through a gaming account is THAT easy, I think I'm giving up online gaming for good.

EiMitch:

My sympathy for the police is diminished somewhat by the fact that even though they acknowledged it was a prank, they took Castillo's computer anyway and presumably went over it with a fine-tooth comb, violating his digital privacy in just about every way imaginable.

Only "somewhat"? The victim is effectively getting punished for the crime of someone who they knew wasn't even there. As for identifying the culprit, there was not likely any relevant information on that PC they couldn't have gotten by other means.

Gee, why do so many people distrust cops?

I figured they took the computer in order to trace the IP address back to the original douchebag.

Hope they find whoever did this. I really hope they do.

Welcome to Police State America.

synobal:
"traced the IP to find out where he lives" its like people don't even how the internet works. No geolocation service is that accurate. The kid had to give out his name, or some sort of personal information. Most likely something with facebook. The idea that "traced his IP" is absurd.

I really hope they got the Cyber Police in on this one.

Seriously, playing eeny, meeny, miny, moe with a phonebook would net better results than finding out someone's IP address.

Zeren:
Welcome to Police State America.

We'll make sure to take you off the list of "People To Assist When A Psychopath Reportedly Enters Their Home".

OT: I hope they track down the prankster and fine him for every penny he has.

lacktheknack:

Zeren:
Welcome to Police State America.

We'll make sure to take you off the list of "People To Assist When A Psychopath Reportedly Enters Their Home".

OT: I hope they track down the prankster and fine him for every penny he has.

The police here have a 22 minute response time. Either I or the intruder would be dead by then.

Jesus! This is a thing now?!?!

What lunatic could ever possibly think this is a clever way to get back at someone?!

Zeren:

lacktheknack:

Zeren:
Welcome to Police State America.

We'll make sure to take you off the list of "People To Assist When A Psychopath Reportedly Enters Their Home".

OT: I hope they track down the prankster and fine him for every penny he has.

The police here have a 22 minute response time. Either I or the intruder would be dead by then.

Ergo, you don't want any police intervention.

...k.

lacktheknack:

Zeren:

lacktheknack:

We'll make sure to take you off the list of "People To Assist When A Psychopath Reportedly Enters Their Home".

OT: I hope they track down the prankster and fine him for every penny he has.

The police here have a 22 minute response time. Either I or the intruder would be dead by then.

Ergo, you don't want any police intervention.

...k.

Damn right I don't.

Andy Chalk:
Police said they're still trying to track down the actual caller.

Confused Panda is confused. Doesn't the emergency services computers automatically trace the call, just in case the caller is interrupted?

I saw this shit coming and no one listens to me. If only i had an ego to maintain

Ickorus:

synobal:
"traced the IP to find out where he lives" its like people don't even how the internet works. No geolocation service is that accurate. The kid had to give out his name, or some sort of personal information. Most likely something with facebook. The idea that "traced his IP" is absurd.

I really hope they got the Cyber Police in on this one.

Seriously, playing eeny, meeny, miny, moe with a phonebook would net better results than finding out someone's IP address.

It is what annoys me the most about this story. I've seen it all over the place now and no one even questions the assumption it was "a disgruntled COD player" who called the swat team. I'm seriously dubious about that. Maybe if he was playing Eve Online, I could believe that, eve players don't fuck around but COD players? come on.

CriticKitten:
....that's extremely dangerous for a number of reasons, but most importantly because it ties up police resources that need to be spent on other things.

The child who made that call should be arrested and charged with a felony. Teach the little shit a lesson.

Ya I kind of agree. Irrespective of that kids age. The victim or half his family could have been shot by a police team who are trained to a very high degree of readiness.

There are pranks and pranks.

Now hold on.... if someone who lost a CoD game did in fact call in the SWAT team on the victim's actual address, that would mean that either the caller knew the victim personally (in which case, why wasn't the caller immediately identified by the victim?) or the victim willingly gave his personal and address info to the caller (very unlikely).

No way that he could have traced the victim's IP address through a multiplayer CoD game - they are both connected to a server and the server doesn't share players' IP addresses with each other.

Sounds like the far more likely scenario is that the "victim" actually made the call himself as stupid prank, and then tried to shift the blame to "some sore loser who traced my IP with hacking magic on the internets!"

Sorry, this story smells. And I'm sure the cops were thinking exactly the same thing, and we're probably going to see a followup to the story confirming this.

Driving home last night, I passed by two Channel 7 News Vans. Turned the corner, drove half a block, and got out and walked into my house.

Yeah this happened less than a block from my home. Suffice to say, hearing about this on the news surprised me.

XMark:
Now hold on.... if someone who lost a CoD game did in fact call in the SWAT team on the victim's actual address, that would mean that either the caller knew the victim personally (in which case, why wasn't the caller immediately identified by the victim?) or the victim willingly gave his personal and address info to the caller (very unlikely).

No way that he could have traced the victim's IP address through a multiplayer CoD game - they are both connected to a server and the server doesn't share players' IP addresses with each other.

Sounds like the far more likely scenario is that the "victim" actually made the call himself as stupid prank, and then tried to shift the blame to "some sore loser who traced my IP with hacking magic on the internets!"

Sorry, this story smells. And I'm sure the cops were thinking exactly the same thing, and we're probably going to see a followup to the story confirming this.

Or maybe the info was obtained from his Steam profile or a link to his Facebook page was on it.

008Zulu:

Andy Chalk:
Police said they're still trying to track down the actual caller.

Confused Panda is confused. Doesn't the emergency services computers automatically trace the call, just in case the caller is interrupted?

He did it over skype. And I imagine if he were able to find this guy's IP address, he will have at least used some kind of protection to hide his tracks.

This is why I hate the fps community. Full of 2 year old twats.

So the evil kid won? After all he hasn't been found yet and the other kid's computer was taken.

Great job SWAT, you make your country proud.

EndlessSporadic:
This is why I hate the fps community. Full of 2 year old twats.

This is why I hate sweeping generalisations. Because everyone who plays shooters are children, of course. I don't play many shooters anymore, but the communities they have are no worse than what you'll find on mmos or mobas.

Happiness Assassin:
He did it over skype. And I imagine if he were able to find this guy's IP address, he will have at least used some kind of protection to hide his tracks.

http://www.skype.com/en/legal/emergency-calling/

Not supported in the U.S, calling in from another country requires the purchase of call credits, which is easier to trace than automatic caller I.D used by emergency services.

So, maybe the cops should be a little less jack-booted and more computer savvy.

Truly CoD players are the worst. MOBA psychos at the very least have decency to kill someone mano-o-mano.

Just in case: That was a joke.

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