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Melbourne High junior Brandon Berger, 18, was arrested and accused of using Twitter to find targets across the country and making at least 30 hoax emergency calls, according to Florida Today.
The 911 caller pretended to be a boy living inside the home, which makes this a targeted attack, Beavers said.
"A lot of these situations have morphed from the typical swatting incident of just carrying out a prank to actually being utilized by some individuals to carry out some type of revenge," said Special Agent David Couvertier, the FBI's Tampa based spokesman.
No one was hurt in the ordeal. But things could've easily become deadly.
"When you're online, just be cautious. You're meeting new people," Couvertier said. "If you get into an argument and someone says something about doing something like this, it's best to report it to law enforcement in case they have to show up at your house.".
"I guess it first became popular out in California, where people try to get a huge police response to a celebrity's home," Beavers said. "That's kind of the challenge."
they were secured to make sure they didn't have any weapons," Beavers said. "I can imagine that they were very surprised and nervous about the situation."
"If one of the people inside that house unknowingly made a wrong move the officer would've had no choice but to defend himself," Beavers said. "Or, had [officers] made some type of dynamic entry into the house, the homeowners may have tried to defend themselves and an officer gotten hurt."
It's a national phenomenon that has led to numerous federal charges since gaining notoriety in 2008, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"Swatting" often happens at celebrities' homes in California, officials say. Singer Justin Timberlake, actor Tom Cruise and reality TV family the Kardashians have been victims of "swatting", according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In fact, the two people inside were actually sound asleep, Oviedo Police Lt. Mike Beavers said.
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According to Couvertier, children and teens are most at risk for this type of cyber crime.
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If used as a form of retaliation, the "swatter" can hack someone's information on social media, or even through gaming consoles with Internet connectivity, and use that to place these hoax calls.
Once the agencies surrounded the house, they used a PA system to try to get a response from someone inside the house. Then, they tried calling the residents' phones.
"We find that these individuals want to challenge themselves, or compete against other people who are committing some of these crimes," Couvertier said.
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"Given the level of response, and the cost involved, they could be facing felony charges," he said.
"There are resources basically being thrown away that could be utilized for actual life saving responses," he said.
A recent example comes out of Melbourne, where a 16 year old Canadian "swatter" called 911 reporting bombing, stabbing and shooting threats at Melbourne High School four times this spring.
After two hours, detectives determined the two were victims of "swatting," a cyber prank using a smart phone or tablet app to anonymously call 911 from a different location and report a fake emergency.
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