Phone phreaker gets swatted down.
A recent hoax involves a 17-year-old east Boston phone phreak known as Li'l Hacker to other phone swatters. Blind from birth, he burst onto the phone phreaking scene late 2004 when a neighbor gave him the number of a telephone party line called the Boston Raven. He eventually fell in with a gang of phone hackers who called themselves "Wrecking Crew" and "The Cavalry" and served up trouble to anyone who defied them. An informant led a FBI special agent to the troublemaker, who was then groomed to be an informant himself.
Last June, FBI agents in 11 cities swept in on the swatters and their associates and arrested five of them. All five have since pled guilty. Phone companies are advised to remain on the lookout for any illegal activity and to report those who openly brag about their ongoing antics. [www.wired.com]
By Jonah Arellano, Communications Assistant
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