Swatting Attacks Target Facebook and Other Tech Execs
Jan 23, 2020 • New York Times
The New York Times probes a rash of swatting attacks targeting industry leaders and their families, while the police struggle to find a solution.
“Over the first week of November, the police in San Francisco and New York responded to a series of telephone calls claiming that hostages were being held in the homes of Adam Mosseri, a senior Facebook executive.
The calls appeared to be coming from inside the homes. Officers arrived in force and barricaded the streets outside. Twice. But after tense, hourslong standoffs, they realized the calls were hoaxes. There were no hostages, and no one in the homes had called the police.”