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[Wired News]Teenage Hacker Is Blind, Brash and in the Crosshairs of the FBI

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At 4 in the morning of May 1, 2005, deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office converged on the suburban Colorado Springs home of Richard Gasper, a TSA screener at the local Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. They were expecting to find a desperate, suicidal gunman holding Gasper and his daughter hostage.

"I will shoot," the gravely voice had warned, in a phone call to police minutes earlier. "I'm not afraid. I will shoot, and then I will kill myself, because I don't care."

But instead of a gunman, it was Gasper himself who stepped into the glare of police floodlights. Deputies ordered Gasper's hands up and held him for 90 minutes while searching the house. They found no armed intruder, no hostages bound in duct tape. Just Gasper's 18-year-old daughter and his baffled parents.

A federal Joint Terrorism Task Force would later conclude that Gasper had been the victim of a new type of nasty hoax, called "swatting," that was spreading across the United States. Pranksters were phoning police with fake murders and hostage crises, spoofing their caller IDs so the calls appear to be coming from inside the target's home. The result: police SWAT teams rolling to the scene, sometimes bursting into homes, guns drawn.

Now the FBI thinks it has identified the culprit in the Colorado swatting as a 17-year-old East Boston phone phreak known as "Li'l Hacker." Because he's underage, Wired.com is not reporting Li'l Hacker's last name. His first name is Matthew, and he poses a unique challenge to the federal justice system, because he is blind from birth.
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I don't get it? He's blind? So?
Is there a law about blind people or something?
    
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I dont give a crap if he is blind. He is breaking the law... As soon as he can go to a federal prison, chuck him in one!

Medical condition should have no effect on justice. He is a person just like the rest of us.
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lolwut? Li'l Hacker LOL. Worst nickname ever. I don't care if hes blind, if he's doing this, he needs to be tried like everybody else.
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Indeed, he did something illegal. So no exclusion.
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I don't get it? He's blind? So?
Is there a law about blind people or something?
Yeah, they can't see anything.
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That's not funny. Bizarre but not funny.
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What is interesting is that he is using similar techniques to those that have been used for 40 years. You would think that the phone companies would have patched their networks by then.
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They are too busy assisting RIAA and FBI filters for DSL so they can catch those evil, evil torrenters.
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the only issue i see here is that he's technically a juvenile in our court system <.<
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