FBI arrests Maryland man accused of triggering Newsweek reporter's epilepsy

FBI arrests Maryland man accused of triggering Newsweek reporter's epilepsy
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A man accused of triggering an epileptic seizure of senior Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald through a tweet was arrested by the FBI on Friday morning.

The Department of Justice said John Rayne Rivello, 29, of Salisbury, Md., was arrested Friday, according to NBC News 4.

The arrest comes three months after Eichenwald said he suffered a seizure after someone sent him a video clip of a flashing strobe light in an intentional effort to trigger his epilepsy.

A Twitter account called @jew_goldstein — which has since been suspended — responded to Eichenwald with a gif of flashing strobe lights and a message: “You deserve a seizure for that post.”


Shortly after, Eichenwald’s account tweeted: “This is his wife, you caused a seizure. I have your information and have called the police to report the assault.”

Eichenwald is known to have epilepsy. He has written that in the past others have unsuccessfully attempted to induce seizures through email.

The incident took place after Eichenwald, an outspoken critic of then-President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE, faced off with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson in a contentious interview Dec. 15 that quickly went viral.

The following day, Eichenwald wrote in a series of tweets that he would be taking a break from Twitter while working with law enforcement to track down the culprit:

That didn't stop others from allegedly trying to induce another seizure.
This tactic has been used before. In 2008, hackers put strobe lights on the Epilepsy Foundation's website.
The suspect arrested Friday morning faces federal charges and is also expected to be indicted by the Dallas District Attorney on different charges in the next few days. 
Updated 6:25 p.m.