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NEWS: Microsoft WebTV hacker gets sentenced to prison

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posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 09:12 PM
In a step forward in the fight against hackers the man behind the 911 virus was sentenced to 6 months in prison. David Jeansonne must pay over $27,000.00 in damages to Microsoft after his virus implicated MSN TV, formally known as WebTv. While not much damage was done, it tied up emergency phonelines which could have caused injuries or deaths by not allowing emergency services to know where to go.
David Jeansonne, the mastermind behind the 911 virus, was sentenced to 6-months in prison yesterday. He must also pay monitory damages to Microsoft for $27,100.00 plus additional $200.00 for the damage he caused to the computer system and posing a potential threat.

The 44-year-old created a Trojan horse to target Microsoft’s MSN TV (earlier called WebTV) and lured users into thinking that the e-mail would actually change colors of their TVs. In return, however, the Trojan horse embedded itself (after being initiated) onto the system and triggered 911 calls via the Internet connection that is required to operate the MSN TV.

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Ok, while it didn't hurt anyone this time, what if? Your house is on fire, you call 911, it's busy, they are dealing with this virus, so a kitchen fire turns your house into a pile of ash. This man is 44 years old and is lucky he did not get anyone killed or could be up for murder charges. He damaged the computer system and could have gotten someone killed, he is lucky he is only getting 6 months in jail.

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