N.J. lawmaker who wants to combat dangerous ‘swatting’ prank gets swatted
GamerGate is now going after legislators. One New Jersey assembly man walked out to find his house surrounded by six cop cars.
A New Jersey lawmaker who is pushing legislation to combat the trend of swatting — a prank in which anonymous callers phone-in false emergency reports to provoke a large police response — was a victim of the practice himself this weekend.
State Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester) said he was watching the Masters golf tournament and doing his taxes at home on Saturday afternoon in Washington Township when he got a call from the police.
As appalling as this is, I think this kind of overreach may finally get the goons of GamerGate taken seriously. If only by proving once and for all, that what happens on the Internet can have real life consequences. Of course, that may be my optimism at work.