New bill would crack down on ‘swatting’ hoaxes


Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) has introduced a bill to criminalize “swatting,” the practice of making fake emergency calls in order to call law enforcement down on innocent targets. According to Clark’s office, the Interstate Swatting Hoax Act is meant to broadly criminalize the practice, expanding on rules that currently ban bomb threat hoaxes or similar acts. “Perpetrators of these hoaxes purposefully use our emergency responders to harm their victims,” said Clark in a statement. “These false reports are dangerous and costly, and have resulted in serious injury to victims and law enforcement. It is time to update our laws to appropriately address this crime.”

This isn’t the first federal bill to address swatting, which began getting m…

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