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  • v. Present participle of swat.
  • n. A motion or gesture that swats; a swat.


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  • They may need a bit of help in swatting it hard enough to break, but eventually it comes apart and the wrapped candies and small toys fall out.

    Christmas in the Sierra Madre mountains

  • A Langley, B.C., family, who had SWAT members show up on their doorstep due to a false 911 call, appear to have become pioneer Canadian victims of an Internet phenomenon known as swatting.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • It appears to be part of an internet hacking trend dubbed swatting - tricking police to send out a SWAT or emergency response team to an unsuspecting home by hacking into people's computer accounts to disguise the origin of the 911 call.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • Cyber crime experts confirm the Langley case was actually the second such incident of so-called swatting in recent days.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • July 14, the 39-year-old software consultant was working at home while playing music on his headphones when he became the victim of a high-tech crime known as "swatting." - Home Page

  • The practice is known as swatting in the digital underground.

    The Register

  • The allegations reflect the latest wrinkle in a practice known as swatting, in which miscreants use caller ID spoofing to falsely report emergencies to authorities with the goal of eliciting a response from law enforcement officials, who sometimes are deployed from SWAT, or special weapons and tactics units.

    The Register

  • Ms. CRANOR: We see all sorts of security warnings pop up on our screen and we've gotten so used to just kind of swatting them away and it's very rare that anything bad ever happens to us.

    Facebook Flap Highlights Growing Privacy Concerns

  • If it could be enforced, it would be as effective as 'swatting' a fly in an African jungle, except that a well-swatted fly does 'stay dead.'


  • "We see all sorts of security warnings pop up on our screen and we've gotten so used to just kind of swatting them away, and it's very rare that anything bad ever happens to us,"

    NPR Topics: News


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  • Swatting, which has a long history in the online gaming world, refers to the practice of making an emergency call about a fake situation often involving a killing or hostages, in the hopes of sending police to the address of an adversary or random person.

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    . . . Swatting has been used as a tactic to harass and intimidate people across the country and is typically done with digital tools that disguise the caller’s location.

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    Rep. Katherine Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced an anti-swatting bill in 2015 — then was herself the victim of swatting.

    Eli Rosenberg & Herman Wong, A police officer fatally shot a man while responding to an emergency call now called a ‘swatting’ prank, Wash. Post, Dec. 30, 2017

    December 30, 2017

  • This killed a man yesterday. Damn shame.

    December 30, 2017

  • "Armed police stormed pop star Miley Cyrus's house in the US, after receiving an emergency call about a possible kidnapping and shooting.

    Los Angeles police and rescue crews surrounded the fomer Hannah Montana star's house in Hollywood on Wednesday, while helicopters circled the property.

    But they soon discovered there was no one in the building.

    Police say the incident may have been part of a trend of prank calls, which has been dubbed swatting.

    Swatting is when an anonymous call is made to get a team of police to storm a building or an innocent person's home."

    - Armed police storm Miley Cyrus's house, BBC website, 3 August 2012.

    August 4, 2012