Hackers have livestreamed police raids on innocent households after hijacking victims’ smart home devices and making a hoax call to authorities, the FBI has warned.
It said offenders had even spoken to responding officers via the hacked kit.
It marks the latest escalation of a crime known as “swatting,” in which offenders fool armed police or other emergency responders to go to a target’s residence.
The FBI said there were “deadly” risks. A fake call about a hostage situation led to police shooting a man in Kansas three years ago, and there have been non-fatal injuries in other cases.
The FBI believed the latest twist on the “prank” was able to be carried out as victims had reused passwords from other services when setting up their smart devices.
Lists of hacked credentials are frequently bought and sold via illegal markets. And offenders often run the details stolen from one service through others to find where passwords have been reused.