California ‘swatting’ Suspect Charged With Manslaughter

The man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man, has gained access to the Internet inside the Sedgwick County Jail.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's office says an improper software upgrade allowed Tyler Barriss and 13 other inmates Internet access for "less than a few hours" on April 6.

In those hours, four tweets were sent out from the @GoredTutor36 Twitter handle, which belongs to Barriss.

In one of the tweets, Barriss threatened to swat again saying "All right, now who was talking ----? >:) Your --- is about to get swatted".

The sheriff's office says as soon as the situation was identified, the affected kiosk inside the jail was upgraded with the proper digital security features by the vendor. The office released the following statement:

On April 6, 2018, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office received information about an inmate possibly posting on a social media website.  Based on this information an investigation was begun to see what had occurred.  During the investigation it was discovered a software upgrade to one of the inmate kiosks was done improperly by the vendor. 

This improper upgrade on a kiosk here, and at kiosks at other jails across the country, allowed inmates a path to get to the internet.  At this time it is unknown how many inmates accessed the internet or what they did on the internet, but the kiosk in question was only accessible to 14 inmates for less than a few hours before the vendor became aware of the issue.

As soon as the path was identified it was closed and the affected kiosk was upgraded with the proper digital security features by the vendor.  The kiosk in question has been tested and the issue did not reoccur. 

The Sheriff’s Office takes pride in maintaining a safe and secure facility for all deputies and inmates along with the public, which includes cyber security in relation to outside digital information. 

Barriss has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Prosecutors allege Barriss was in Los Angeles when he called police on Dec. 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita. Police responded to the address, where an officer fatally shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch after Finch opened his door.

Source : http://www.kake.com/story/37915636/swatting-suspect-tweets-from-jail

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