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‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ actor Ned Luke victim of swatting incident during Thanksgiving livestream

A famous “Grand Theft Auto” actor was knocked out during a Thanksgiving livestream.

Ned Luke, the voice actor for the main character Michael de Santa in GTA 5, was hit during a gunfight. YouTube live stream He was seen playing a violent video game for his fans on Thursday.

The actor made an apparent warning call before abruptly ending the stream.

“I have to go,” Luke, who has more than 60,000 YouTube subscribers, said during the livestream. “Well, this hole hit my house and I have to go.”

Swatting, in which someone makes a false 911 call that elicits a severe and aggressive police response, is when a caller hides their identity by hiding their voice or disguising their phone number or IP address. It has become more common in the past decade because it has become easier.

The FBI created a nationwide database this year after discovering an increase in hoax calls and recorded more than 200 swatting incidents between May 1 and September 21, the FBI said. That’s what it means.

“The FBI takes swatting very seriously because it puts innocent people at risk,” an FBI spokesperson told Fox News in September. “We continue to work with local, state and federal law enforcement partners to gather and share threat information and respond accordingly.”

The actor made an apparent warning call before abruptly ending the stream.
Ned Luke/YouTube

Hoax calls weren’t officially tracked until the database was launched, but former FBI agent Kevin Colby estimated that swatting incidents had jumped from 400 in 2011 to more than 1,000 in 2019. are doing. Anti-Defamation League report.

Hours after the swatting incident, Luke responded with an X to accusations that GTA publisher Rockstar Games failed to hide players’ IP addresses.

“You all jump to big conclusions,” Luke. I replied to a user. “This has nothing to do with rock stars.”

A GTA V ad with the character Michael in the background seen on the streets of Sydney on September 17, 2013.
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“These thugs leaked my personal information years ago and have been doing this ever since,” Luke continued. “If you really don’t want to look for it, anyone can get the information online.”

Darren Watkins Jr., a YouTube star with about 22 million subscribers known as “IShowSpeed,” was also attacked during a livestream on Monday.

He left his computer and went downstairs, warning viewers about safety before going off camera. Viewers then saw three armed police officers walking inside the home.

“I just got hit. I wanted to know who did that,” Watkins said on Snapchat after the incident. “That’s no good. Don’t ever do that again, brother.”

Luke stood up from his chair on Thursday just before abruptly ending his stream.
Ned Luke/YouTube

Some misinformation threats have even turned deadly.

For example, in 2017, a police officer shot and killed a Kansas man after a false report led to an armed police response.

“He really could have been dead,” Watkins said. “They put a gun in my face. Please don’t do that again.”

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