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Police implement a solution to swatting, and it's spreading

Jack Morse

Andrew Finch was shot dead by police on Dec. 28, 2017. Officials hope a new system will prevent a similar death from ever happening again. 

The 28-year-old man was simply minding his own business at his home in Wichita, Kansas, when police officers arrived in response to a call alerting them to a nonexistent hostage situation at his address. Finch had been swatted, and the consequences of this specific form of online harassment were as deadly as they were predictable. The introduction of a new voluntary registry for individuals who believe they might become victims of a similar attack hopes to change that.  Read more...

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