SHARONVILLE, Ohio – America’s magic of having more technology at your fingertips may lead to something many people never expected.
Cybersecurity expert Dave Hatter said, “Unfortunately, all this technology that brings all this convenience and benefits to society can be used by bad people to do this sort of thing.” Said.
Eight Ohio schools, including Princeton High, were crushed on Friday. A 911 caller said there was an active attacker inside the school, injuring 10 students.
Calling 911, the officer said, “They came to our classroom. Near our classroom. They opened fire on the students. 10 students were injured next to our classroom.”
Problem? Everything was a scam.
“You’d be shocked at what they can do, not just from a technological standpoint, but just as a vile jerk,” Hatter said. “The lowest form of filth you can imagine.”
Whoever was involved in the scam had better be “ready for jail,” Hamilton County Attorney General Joe Deters said in a statement.
“The threat of gunfire at school is every parent’s worst nightmare,” Deters said. “I can’t even imagine how frightened these parents and children are today. Organizing such a deception is beyond offensive. It’s stupid and completely illegal. Innocent people and first responders could easily be injured. Law enforcement will find out who did it. And it’s good if they’re ready to go to jail when caught.” It is possible.”
But due to the number of swatting calls made on Friday, Hatter believes the culprit is probably someone calling from overseas.
“Unless these are people who can be identified and prosecuted in the United States… If there are really no consequences, why not more?” said the hatter. “Especially if it is being driven by an enemy of the United States who only wants to cause chaos, disruption, division in the United States. Why not more? Easy to do, hard to prevent.”
Hatter said the problem is with how dependent society is on technology.
“Society is very dependent on this digital technology. “Many were designed at a time when no one could imagine how they could be used that way.”
With Friday’s incident, it became clear that the call came from inside Princeton High. The caller told officers that his number included a California area code.
Hackers who knew what they were doing could become virtually untraceable, Hatter said. He said a hacker could “spoof” a phone number and then hack into a virtual private network (VPN) to show that the number came from inside the school.
With smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs, Hatter said, any device students bring to a school or that already exists at school has the potential to be hacked.
“The more IOTs or smart devices you install, the more potential openings there will be in the network and armor,” Hatter said. “Again, that’s why it’s so difficult. All these devices bring an incredible amount of convenience – they make it possible for you to do things that you couldn’t do five years ago.
“Do they have some kind of antivirus on them? Are they locked down so that they’re harder to hack? Do they get updates? If you’re not installing updates on these devices, you’re just waving a flag that says hey come hack me.
“What are the police going to do? Wait a minute, I better find out if this thing is a swatting attempt. Of course not, so this is a difficult problem to solve,” Hatter said.
This type of swatting call can be difficult to stop in the future.
“Until the underlying technology has evolved enough that you know the phone number is not the phone number, where it says it comes from, not where it comes from, then you throw deep fake stuff, I don’t know how to stop this,” Hatter said.
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