Teen Arrested for Cyberattack on 911 Emergency System
“An 18-year-old teen from Arizona was arrested this week after one of his iOS exploits caused serious disruption to 911 emergency systems.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai was booked on three counts of Computer Tampering, which in this case is a Class 2 felony, considered an extremely serious crime in Arizona and other states, due to the fact that it involved critical infrastructure.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit launched an investigation after being notified of disruption to the 911 service in the Phoenix metro area and possibly in other states.
Desai apparently learned of an iOS bug that can be exploited to manipulate devices, including trigger pop-ups, open email, and abuse phone features. The teen created several exploits and published one of them on a website, linking to it from his Twitter account in an effort to prank his followers.”