Monday, 20 March 2017

Seizure-inducing Twitter attack – FBI apprehends perpetrator

Still from the alleged epileptic seizure-inducing GIF
Credit: Breaking 911

“For about 3 percent of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities or to certain visual patterns can trigger seizures. This condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy.”1

Journalist Kurt Eichenwald, who is a photosensitive epileptic, had a seizure after received a tweet containing a flashing, auto-playing image. A single frame from that image is shown at the top of this post.

Understandably, law enforcement was not impressed, & the perpetrator has been apprehended by the FBI. Charges are expected to be laid by the FBI & Dallas district attorney.

C|Net – “FBI arrests Twitter user who sent seizure-inducing GIF”

Huffington Post – “Man Arrested For Tweeting Seizure-Inducing GIF To Reporter With Epilepsy”

1 Epilepsy Foundation: “Photosensitivity & Seizures”,

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