Be carefull when you get hacked!!
An Xbox 360 prank apparently caused by a hacker brought police from several municipalities to a Mahanoy City home Saturday night after receiving word that someone was shot and killed inside.
Police Lt. John Kaczmarczyk said it was 9:30 p.m. when officers were called to #######. for a report that a 16-year-old boy shot his mother and was about to shoot his brothers.
That call came into the Schuylkill County Communications Center from an ATT Instant Message Relay Service designed for hearing impaired people, the chief said. The system is designed to allow hearing-impaired users to reach someone with a standard telephone.
There was some initial confusion since the name given was slightly different than the resident and the fact that the address was an apartment building.
Fearing the worst, Kaczmarczyk said police from Shenandoah borough and Mahanoy, West Mahanoy, Butler and Ryan townships came to assist.
Kaczmarczyk said when officers were able to speak to the teenager, they learned he was playing an Xbox game and received a threat from someone also playing the game. The person was going to "call SWAT" if the teen didn't send money over the Internet, Kaczmarczyk said.
That call was actually made, finding its way to the county communications center.
Kaczmarczyk said police learned the call came over the Internet and that the IP, or Internet Provider address, has been traced to the state of Colorado and was routed through a call center in New Jersey.
The incident is still under investigation, Kaczmarczyk said, adding that the FBI will be contacted since the matter appears to be interstate extortion.
A similar incident occurred Feb. 13 in Lewisville, Texas, when a teenager was playing "Call of Duty: Black Ops."
According to CBS-Dallas-Forth Worth television, the teenager had joined friends playing online when his game system was hacked.
Xbox 360 allows users to play over the internet with others and use headsets to talk to each other.
In Texas, the boy went into a chat room between games when someone contacted him and said they were going to get his information and call the SWAT team. CBS-DFW reported that the teen ignored the message and kept playing.
About 20 minutes later, authorities received a call from the ATT Instant Message Relay Service reporting that a person was shot inside the home and someone was still inside the house shooting, the news station said. Authorities arrived on the scene and learned that there was no shooting, no one was hurt and the whole incident was a hoax caused by a hacker.
Similar incidents have been reported last year in Washington and Florida.