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12-year-old admits ‘swatting’ Kutcher, Bieber. Parents, Google your kid

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(Read caption) Boy admits to pranking Ashton Kutcher, pictured here at the premier of the actor's new movie 'jOBS' in January, by making a call that resulted in a large police presence at Kutcher's home last year.

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According to an forensic Internet crime expert, parents should Google search their child’s name regularly in order to short-circuit "swatting" attacks such as the case of the 12-year-old Southern California boy who admitted to making a fake emergency call that sent police to Ashton Kutcher’s Hollywood home last year. 

“Swatting,” is a new form of prank in which the caller disguises his or her phone caller ID and calls 911 to report a serious crime. In the Kutcher case, the boy called 911 and said there were individuals inside the actor’s home with guns and explosives, and that several people had been shot, a Los Angeles Police Department statement said. In the past, the same boy has called 911 to get out of school, and targeted Justin Bieber’s Calabasas, Calif., home and a bank, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokeswoman said. 

 
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