What is spoofing? ICE_POSEIDON apparently victim of serious ID hoax - Dexerto
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What is spoofing? ICE_POSEIDON apparently victim of serious ID hoax

Published: 21/Mar/2019 18:07 Updated: 21/Mar/2019 18:22

by Calum Patterson

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Popular IRL streamer Paul ‘ICE_POSEIDON‘ Denino has apparently been the target of a ‘spoofing’, causing the FBI to raid his Los Angeles home and confiscate electronics. If you don’t know what a spoofing is, here’s what you need to know.

A spoofing ‘attack’ typically involves the use of technology to impersonate or “masquerade” as something or someone else, and then use that impersonation either for monetary or informational gain, or, in the case of ICE_POSEIDON, to carry out a dangerous hoax.

Many streamers have fallen victim to ‘SWATting’, including Denino himself, but spoofing is perhaps a step further, as it is reported that FBI believed ICE_POSEIDON had been making bomb threats, after the spoofer impersonated his phone number to make the calls.

The scene outside ICE_POSEIDON’s home on March 20.

Known as Caller ID spoofing, it is one of the most common forms of spoofing attacks. Caller ID spoofing is actually legal in the United States, unless it is done “with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value”.

It appears Denino’s phone number was ‘spoofed’, potentially by one of his fans, and then used to make fake bomb threats, prompting the response from authorities.

On March 20, the FBI raided ICE_POSEIDON’s home, which is also home to a number of other YouTuber’s and streamers, in what was said to be a five hour long operation. Denino himself didn’t go into any details in his only social media post that day.

The fake bomb threats alone will be enough for the ‘spoofer’ to be criminally investigated, not to mention his illegal use of Call ID spoofing.

However, the law on spoofing attacks is not necessarily the same in all jurisdictions, meaning that if this individual was not based in the United States, legal action could become more tricky.

It was originally believed that the reason for the raid was Denino’s apparent admission that he was running a ‘Ponzi’ scheme, but reports of the spoofing attack would be a more logical explanation for the FBI’s show of force.

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Who is Granny? The rising Twitch star who streams as a grandma

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:45 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 23:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch is home to some pretty outlandish personalities, but none may be as unique as the rising streamer known only as Granny.

Dressed in a bright white wig, oversized glasses, and attire that you could have sworn you’ve seen the elderly wear, Granny takes the character to the extreme.

If you thought the outfit or persona was the limit of the character, think again. Just like how Dr Disrespect streams from his legendary “arena,” Granny has her own broadcast center of sorts.

From Granny’s house to Twitch

Her streams begin, amusingly enough, with an old house in a green meadow surrounded by rainbows, flowers and chirping birds.

Twitch streamer Granny begins a broadcast.
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Granny begins her streams in a pink house surrounded by rainbows.

After introducing herself, talking to viewers from inside the big pink home that looks like it’s ripped from either Lord of the Rings or Teletubbies, the gameplay kicks off.

What makes Granny’s choice of games so hilarious is that she’s made a habit of streaming titles such as Dead by Daylight, which are the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky nature of the intro.

Fans are absolutely loving it. Since starting the stream, Granny has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and is growing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Climbing the Twitch ranks

Speaking with Dexerto, the entertainer refused to break character, further, cementing the concept that this was a grandma streaming on the Amazon-owned platform.

Granny claims it all began when she was working for a finance firm in New York City for three years and was beginning to feel worn out.

“Right around that time, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and I found a huge comfort being immersed in that world while I took time to recover and figure out my next steps,” the streamer explained.

“When Red Dead Online was released I started to make friends on the proximity voice chat and they told me I should try my hand at streaming. In February 2019 I moved to New Zealand to go all-in on starting a Twitch channel, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

That said, she does have plans to return to New York at some point in 2021, so fans should be sure to be on the lookout for that.

While the climb up the Twitch ranks has been a journey since it first began in January of 2019, the streamer does have a few favorite moments.

 

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“A couple of exciting milestones along the way have been Trixie Mattel and TPAIN discovering the stream,” she happily noted. “They love joining in now and again to help repair the ice cream machines in Dead By Daylight.”

Going into 2021, Granny is definitely going to be one of the streamers to watch out for, especially if she continues to get noticed by some larger members of the community.