Three years for SWAT hacker

I was a tad concerned to read over the weekend that a US uber-hacker was given three years in clink for his activities, which included placing emergency calls that led police to storm a Californian family home at gunpoint.

The case is one of the first in the US to centre on the problem of SWATting - the sending of SWAT teams on false alarms.

Randall Ellis, 19, pleaded guilty last week in Orange County Superior Court to five felony counts, including computer access and fraud, false imprisonment by violence and falsely reporting a crime.

He was given three years and and ordered to pay $14,765 in compensation.

Authorities are still trying to figure out how Ellis hacked into the E-911 system and forged the call data.

Myself, I reckon he didn't hack the system - just spoofed the Caller ID. But what do I now...

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