FBI Arrest Man Who Caused Newsweek Reporters Seizures!!!

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Technology and spite aren’t the best combination

Fast flickering images have been inducing epileptics fits and seizures since early animation. Strobe lights and flickering frames of video games have also been reported to induce seizures since the 1960’s where the phenomena was witnessed in discotheques. In 1997 various Japanimation style cartoons were forced to put warnings on their screens after a rash of seizures were caused on broadcast television.

The first attack using this information

In March 2008, the Anonymous group of hackers was claimed to be behind an attack on a forum for epilepsy sufferers. The Anonymous hackers in turn blamed the Church of Scientology for the attacks, saying they were falsified to hurt Anonymous’ image. The attacks first consisted of GIF images flashing at high speeds that were hidden in discussion threads with innocuous-sounding titles. Later attacks redirected web browsers to a page with “a more complex image designed to trigger seizures in both photosensitive and pattern-sensitive epileptics”. The technology website Wired News considered it to be “possibly the first computer attack to inflict physical harm on the victims.” ~ Wikipedia

Most recently

A man accused of triggering an epileptic seizure of senior Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald through a tweet was arrested by the FBI on Friday morning. An FBI spokesman said the name of the suspect has not been released but confirmed that an arrest was made, Dallas News reported.

The arrest comes three months after Eichenwald said he suffered a seizure after someone sent him a video clip of a flashing strobe light in an intentional effort to trigger his epilepsy. A Twitter account called @jew_goldstein — which has since been suspended — responded to Eichenwald with a gif of flashing strobe lights and a message: “You deserve a seizure for that post.” ~ The Hill


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