Hijacked Xbox Live Account Used To Make School Shooting Threat

A teenager in Maryland has been arrested and is now facing serious charges for sending a threatening message over Xbox Live. The catch to this one is that he sent the message on another person’s account — not his own. According to Union County Prosecutor, Theodore J. Romankow, the teen obtained the password of an Xbox Live account belonging to a Berkeley Heights HS student after he made a transaction on a “third party website.”

There is no indication as to what the transaction was for, but police do know that it involved the game Madden. After the teen from Maryland had the password, he hijacked the account and proceeded to send a threatening message to the people on the boy’s friends list — some of which happened to be his classmates. The message sent by the Maryland teen said that he would bring a gun to school the following day and use to shoot his fellow students.

Parents were alerted to contents of the message and quickly informed the Police. The boy who’s the owner of the account denied ever sending the message. It was after Microsoft turned over records of the account to police that they learned the origin of the message was Maryland — not New Jersey where the account holder was from. Members of the Berkley Heights Police Department took a trip to Maryland where they worked with local officials and arrested the teen responsible.

While prosecutor Romankow says the boy was “simply trying to play a game, and his on line account was used for a criminal purpose,” this should serve as a reminder to never deal with anything not officially linked to console manufacturer–in this case Microsoft–or the developer/publisher of a game. This is just an example of what could happen if you do. Luckily there was never any real threat of danger.

Maryland teenager charged with making threat against Berkeley Heights students [Union County Prosecutor’s Office]

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  1. By LittleHeroesUK on 02-10-2011 07:20

    such an evil little shit, why do it.


  2. By RacketLord on 02-10-2011 07:23

    You're right, people should be careful when giving out their information, but the fact that this guy actually made such serious threats is deplorable. I'm glad the police tracked this fool down. This will teach him a very valuable lesson, hopefully.


  3. By Cloud on 02-10-2011 07:27

    Yeah shit it was all over the news here wasnt far from my house either :l


  4. By dumpdemon on 02-10-2011 08:43

    what a fucking dumb ass


  5. By Gamersx on 02-10-2011 09:43

    Why would you do something like that? WHY?!?!


  6. By M4TH3W on 02-10-2011 09:48

    Here comes another FOX news special


  7. By rando99 on 02-10-2011 11:05

    Originally Posted by M4TH3W:
    Quote Here comes another FOX news special

    That's exactly what I thought.


  8. By Techi on 02-10-2011 12:00

    Threats like that are not funny. Besides that, I want to know what website required you to give away your Xbox LIVE password. Shouldn't that have raised some alarms?


  9. By xDSJxPyro on 02-10-2011 14:59

    People don't learn, they think they are anonymous on the internet. People don't seem to realize that this is not the first time Microsoft has done this, and won't be the last. People are just stupid these days, and think. "Oh I am on the internet, and XBL, no way they can find me. HERP DERP A TWEEDLY DERP!"


  10. By BerryRemmy on 02-10-2011 15:20

    Why would you do that boy,


  11. By KR3W619 on 02-10-2011 18:19

    And this is why you NEVER give out your passwords to unreliable sites but that guy who sent the messages is just a dick.