Incident Summary:

12/15/2016: An assailant sent a message via Twitter to Kurt Eichenwald, a Newsweek journalist, in Dallas, Texas, United States. The message contained the text "You deserve a seizure for your posts" and a GIF image of a strobe. Eichenwald, who has epilepsy, suffered a seizure and was incapacitated for several days. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities arrested John Rayne Rivello in connection with the attack.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Newsweek
Specific Description Journalist: Kurt Eichenwald
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
A strobe light GIF sent via Twitter was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Semitic extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"A Tweet to Kurt Eichenwald, a Strobe and a Seizure. Now, an Arrest.," The New York Times, March 17, 2017.
"Tweet that sent journalist Kurt Eichenwald into seizure considered 'deadly weapon' in indictment," The Washington Post, March 22, 2017.
"Man faces hate-crime charge in Dallas County over tweet that gave Kurt Eichenwald a seizure," Dallas Morning News, March 21, 2017.