Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Celebrity doxxers threaten White House bombing

The hackers who have laid claim to both celebrity doxxing and swatting have issued an ultimatum to the U.S. government, a report said on Tuesday. The threat said that the United States must declare war on North Korea, or else the hackers will detonate bombs at the White House.

This is a far more serious incident than anything the hackers have done thus far. Until now, their most "heinous" activity has been celebrity swatting, which is when perpetrators call 911 and falsely report an emergency that will cause SWAT teams to rush to a home.

In addition, the hackers first came to the fore when they unveiled a doxxing site. Doxxing is the act of revealing the personal information of people on the Internet, generally including their name, address, phone number(s), social security number, passwords, and other financial information.

Among their victims have been Michelle Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, and far, far more.

In the latest incident, the group reportedly called 911 and contacted authorities. They issued a bomb threat, saying they will detonate eight devices around the perimeter of the White House if U.S. President Barack Obama does not declare war against North Korea within 24 hours.

There was also a tweet that went out on the Associated Press Twitter account, which the hackers later laid claim to. The tweet said:
Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.
The White House quickly discredited the fake tweet.

Although unconfirmed as yet, this is a sort of swatting. One can only imagine that despite the low likelihood of such an event, the Secret Service is having to waste valuable resources and manpower to check it out.

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