A 60-year-old man died of a heart attack after being swatted over his Twitter handle

In April 2020, a 60 year-old man was the victim of a swatting attack: where perpetrators phone US police forces with bogus information, hoping to incite an armed response at their victim’s location. After surrendering to the police surrounding his home, Mark Herring suffered a heart attack and died shortly thereafter.

Now a new report by WKRN News 2 (thanks also to GamingBible) has shed light on the circumstances of this incident, and the petty reasons behind it. Mr Herring had been targeted by minors because of his Twitter handle of @Tennessee, which was considered a valuable handle. He was apparently one of many being targeted in this fashion.

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