Blind Hacker Targeted By FBI
His name is Matt (last name withheld due to his age) and he's been involved in a number of pranks, scams, and crimes that mostly fall within what is called phreaking. Phreaking is a form of hacking focused on exploiting the telephone infrastructure. Whether it be spoofing the caller ID system to make it look like you're someone else or just sweet-talking a customer service rep into disclosing a customer's Social Security Number, it's his forte.
One of his most notable crimes was calling 911 posing as a man in Colorado Springs, CO, and claiming that he was holding a family hostage. His caller ID location matched up and a local SWAT team went screaming to the house -- only to find a very confused but otherwise unharmed and certainly non-hostage family there. It's actions like these, combined with his cadre of phreaker friends, that have made him a federal target. He's less than two months away from turning 18, and, many believe, less than two months away from visiting a federal prison.
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