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Ukrainian Citizen Identified As Suspect In More Than 90 Regionwide Swatting Incidents

February 10, 2022: FSB (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation) revealed the name of the person, who was behind mass mailings about bomb threats in Russia, including 92 fake reports in Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog.

According to Russian security service, fake bomb threats were spread in order to "undermine the situation in Russia and neighboring states, extort money and were motivated by hooliganism." TASS News Agency reported that "during [the investigation] carried out by the Russian and foreign law enforcement agencies, it was established that some members of the so-called swatting Internet communities were behind the criminal activities, which were organized by Ukrainian resident Anton Osipchuk".


The 19-year old from Kiev, Ukraine is responsible for mass mailings containing bomb threats, which were sent to several state institutions, mostly schools, including the city of Taganrog. FSB Public Relations Center confirmed to the state news agency TASS that some 14 people involved in this criminal activity had been apprehended.

"Swatting" suspects who called in fake threats in Rostov-on-Don, Taganrog and Kamensk-Shakhtinsk will be charged for "deliberately providing false information about a terrorist act". They all may be sentenced up to eight years in prison. The losses caused by those involved in spreading fake reports about mining educational, healthcare facilities and local government buildings are being estimated. The guilty or their parents will have to compensate the damages caused by their acts.