Who is behind the current spate of false school shooter reports across the US?
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985
2025
25%
Other
1.5%
An american right-wing group.
7%
An american left-wing group.
1.6%
An Ethiopian group
15%
A Russian-back group
4%
A Chinese-backed group
9%
Unaffiliated troublemakers
37%
an American individual with ambiguous politics and no clear group membership

There have been over a hundred apparently related false reports of active shooters in American schools over the past 4 weeks. They are masked by a VPN, but they appeared to be coming from Internet-based phone numbers, and the caller has an accent. Who's doing this?

https://www.npr.org/2022/10/07/1127242702/false-calls-about-active-shooters-at-schools-are-up-why

Oct 8, 11:12am: If multiple options are true, I will select multiple. I may disqualify responses that are too close to a previous response.

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It's unclear if the teen arrested for TorSwats is the main party running TorSwats; if TorSwats was involved in the wave of calls that came from Ethiopia; and who would be paying for their services if so. As this market is focused primarily on the calls from 2022 that were coming in waves from Ethiopia, I will extend the market while we wait for more detailed information.

I don't think we know the answer yet, so I've extended the close date.