31 March 2017

US man held for sending tweet to epileptic writer

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A man accused of sending a flashing image to a writer in order to trigger an epileptic seizure has been arrested, the US justice department says. reports that John Rayne Rivello, 29, of Maryland, sent Kurt Eichenwald an animated image with a flashing light on Twitter in December, causing the seizure.

He has been charged with criminal cyber stalking and could face a 10-year sentence, the New York Times reports. "You deserve a seizure for your post," he is alleged to have written.

Mr Eichenwald is known to have epilepsy. He is a senior writer at Newsweek magazine, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a best-selling author of books including The Informant.

2017.03.19 / 21:38
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