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February 28, 2008 permalink

Wired magazine profiles phone phreaks who use two techniques to disrupt their targets. One is to call police pretending to be in a home with a crime in progress. Spoofing the caller id fools the police into dispatching a SWAT team to the victim's home. The other? Call child protective services. The article is silent on the child protection outcomes, probably because of confidentiality laws, but it is more serious. The SWAT teams go away in 20 minutes after realizing their mistake. Child protectors don't. This one is too long to copy, read it on Wired: Teenage Hacker Is Blind, Brash and in the Crosshairs of the FBI.