Facebook cybersecurity exec victim of swatting call

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A Facebook cybersecurity exec had his home swatted by Palo Alto police after a prank call claimed he shot his wife, tied up his kids, and placed pipe bombs around the house.

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A SWAT squad arrived in force at the exec’s home, a two-bedroom house in Palo Alto, ordered him to step out, and briefly arrested the man as they searched the house.

Officers released the exec after a few hours when they realized the call was just another swatting hoax carried out by anonymous users using untraceable phone numbers.

In a press release published the next day, Palo Alto police said they intervened in force after a man called 911, gave the exec’s name


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