First of all, it’s a bad idea to threaten police forces on the internet. They don’t take too kindly to it. In Evansville, Indiana someone did just that, so a Police SWAT team got a search warrant and showed up at the home in full tactical gear. They entered with flash bangs only to find out that this was an innocent family.
Then the Police realized that they were misled by the IP address from the threat message, and that they got the wrong house. The WIFI network had been open and unsecured. They eventually tracked down the real person.
The morale of the story? It’s two-fold. One, put a password on your network. Two, if you are the police, don’t use unnecessary force and bust in using flashbangs when there is no cause for it.
Source arstechnicaFiled Under: Technology News