Kansas Seeks Extradition of Alleged Swatter Tyler Barriss

If you don’t know the background of this case, please read the previous posts here, and here.

Kansas officials are seeking the extradition of Tyler R. Barriss in connection with a felony charge stemming from his alleged faked emergency call to 911 that ultimately resulted in the police-involved shooting death of Andrew Finch, a Kansas man.

Barriss was involved in gaming and threatened to have another gamer swatted.  The targeted gamer gave Barris a false address in Wichita.  Barris called 911 in Wichita and told dispatch that he was in the house at that address, had killed his father, was holding hostages, and had poured gasoline throughout the house.

Andrew Finch who was inside the house had no idea why police surrounded the house. Continue reading

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Los Angeles Man Arrested For Making Swatting Call

December 30, 2017 Update to post Man Killed In Swatting Prank.

Along with the arrest, more information has been released about the false report known as “swatting” that resulted in an un-involved, innocent man being killed by the police.

Tyler R. Barriss, 25-years old, has been arrested on suspicion of making the swatting call that ended with Wichita police killing Andrew Finch.  The person targeted for swatting gave the perpetrator a fake address that turned out to be the home of Andrew’s mother where he was visiting.  Police shot and killed Andrew, who was unarmed.

Andrew Finch is the father of two.

It has now been reported that Barriss told 911 that he was inside the house,  had shot his father in the head, was armed, and holding hostages.  He also told dispatch that he had poured gasoline all over the house and was going to set it on fire.  Therefore, the police engaged the incident thinking that they were confronting an armed man who had just murdered his father. Continue reading

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Man Killed In Swatting Prank

I first heard of swatting in 2011 due to a lawsuit filed in Illinois.  It was a case of cyber-harassment gone wild.   In 2014, the victim was awarded $50,000 after a jury trial.

Then came the case of Brandon Wilson of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Apparently not aware of a court ruling that Illinois has long arm jurisdiction that applies to electronic harassment, Wilson progressed his cyber harassment course of conduct to include swatting.  He was extradited to Illinois to face charges.

To my surprise, average personnel working for law enforcement, from dispatchers to those taking criminal complaints, have not heard of swatting.  Not knowing about it means they have no training on asking appropriate questions that should raise flags when receiving anonymous calls alleging to know what has happened in the residence of another.

Swatting is a prank where someone makes a call to a police department with a false story of an ongoing crime involving killing or hostages and guns.  Police arrive and at times, SWAT is dispatched.

A person is now dead because of swatting. Continue reading

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VPN Use Did Not Hide Cyber Abuser Who Is Now Charged With Federal Crime

Back in 2013 when I was bombarded with vile, harassing comments sent to my other blog through proxy IP addresses, I learned that those sites are hosted by companies that provide server computers.

I also learned that although some promise that those using the proxy IP address service will not be traceable, that is not true.  Users enter the site through an IP address that is generally the one provided by their internet service provider.  Law enforcement has authority to obtain the logs that provide online fingerprints.

This case is similar where a man assumed that his use of VPN’s would hide him online as he went about violating laws.

(Boston, Ma 100617) Courtroom sketch of Ryan Lin (center) and his attorney Francis Doran (R), in the Moakley Federal Court House. Judge is David Hennessy. October 6, 2017 Sketch by Jane Flavell Collins

Ryan Lin of Massachusetts used VPN services, an encrypted email service and Tor to conceal his identity.  He hacked into his targeted victim’s email account and sent emails to others, which is called “spoofing”.  Through spoofing email, he also made bomb threats to local schools.

Documents by authorities use the name “Smith” in reference to the target victim  to keep her identity anonymous.  For over a year, local police investigated Smith’s crimes.  Then they called in the FBI for assistance. The trail of evidence led to Ryan Lin.

Ryan Lin rented a room in a house with Smith and her roommates.  Subsequently, he gained access to Smith’s personal devices.  Smith did not have a lock on her door and did not password protect her computer.  According to Smith, Lin was such a bad roommate that she moved out two months after Lin moved in.

The FBI got a hold of Lin’s old work computer.  Google Chrome artifacts detailed that it was Lin who sent bomb threats against local schools and that Lin was using VPN’s on his work computer.

According to an FBI criminal complaint and accompanying affidavit published by the U.S. Department of Justice, 24 year-old Ryan Lin is accused of harassing and cyber-stalking Smith.  He carried out his dirty work between April 2016 and his arrest on October 5, 2017. Continue reading

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U.S. Court of Appeals For 11th Circuit Upholds 10-Year Sentence For Cyberstalker

He lived in Tallahassee, Florida, attended Syracuse University and has a master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.  He also took pleasure in using the internet to ruin the lives of others.

Michael Daniel Rubens

In March 2016, Michael Daniel Rubens was 31-years old when he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, a $15,000 fine, and $1,550 in restitution.  What was his crime?  Cyberstalking, unauthorized access to protected computer and aggravated identity theft.

Rubens publicly humiliated dozens of young women by hacking into their online accounts and stealing photographs and other personal information.  Rubens’ went as far as creating pornographic images, posting them on social media websites.

Rubens used proxy IP addresses to do most of his dirty work.  The investigation included the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida State University Police Department, and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Continue reading

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Proposed Bill In The U.S. Congress Will Make Doxing A Federal Crime

Cross-posted from We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

In case you’re unfamiliar with doxing, it is term that describes using the internet to search for and obtain the personal information of others, and to post it publicly on the internet with the intent to threaten, intimidate, harass or incite the commission of a crime of violence against a person or a member of the immediate family of that person.

Some states consider doxing to fall under stalking laws and include an intent to cause the person doxed extreme emotional distress.  In fact, in some prosecuted cases of cyberstalking, the victim’s personal information can be the personal knowledge of the perpetrator who posts it publicly on the internet for a malicious purpose.

The personal information that is publicly posted does not have to be accurate.  In fact, it can be for someone totally different, which can then lead to civil lawsuits for defamation and identity theft. Doxing has become a serious problem in the United States.

There is a current federal statute for protecting individuals performing certain official duties from having their personal information and that of their families made publicly available.  The statute is 18 U.S.C. § 119.  It makes it a federal crime to make publicly available the Social Security number, home address, home phone number, mobile phone number, personal email, or home fax number of, and identifiable to, restricted personnel.

The federal statute defines restricted personnel as a grand or petit juror, witness, officer in or of any court of the United States, or an officer who may be, or was, serving at any examination or other proceeding before any United States magistrate judge or other committing magistrate; an informant or witness in a Federal criminal investigation or prosecution; or a State or local officer or employee whose restricted personal information is made publicly available because of the participation in, or assistance provided to, a Federal criminal investigation by that officer or employee.  Family members are also protected under the statute.

I’ve often wondered why our federal government does not seem to believe that all citizens want the same protection and the right to be let alone.  Maybe that will change soon. Continue reading

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