Los Angeles Police swarmed Miley Cyrus‘ home in North Hollywood Wednesday evening with guns drawn, after receiving reports shots were fired there, only to find out they were summoned by a prankster who they said abused the 911 system.
Sgt. Jim Parker told Good Morning America Thursday authorities were dispatched to the scene thinking there was a “kidnapping in progress.”
Officials said the hoax was an instance of “Swatting,” a rib where someone tries to use the emergency system to falsely summon as many authorities (i.e., a S.W.A.T. team) as they can to a house. (Urban Dictionary defines Swatting as, “A goal achieved by hacking where the hacker tricks 911 systems into deploying SWAT to an unsuspecting victim’s home under false pretenses.”)