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Hacker Whose E-Mail Called Police Goes to Jail

Lisa Minter (
14 Mar 2005 22:37:02 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Louisiana man who wrote malicious e-mails
that caused some computers to dial the 911 emergency number was
sentenced on Monday to six months in prison.

A U.S. federal judge sentenced David Jeansonne, 44, to the prison term
as well as six months home detention after he admitted sending e-mails
to about 20 subscribers of Microsoft's WebTV, a television Internet
service since renamed MSN TV.

Code embedded in the e-mail changed the subscriber's WebTV number to
dial 911 rather than WebTV. Police dispatched officers on at least 10
occasions because of the 2002 hoax, officials said.

Jeansonne pleaded guilty last month to two counts of intentionally
damaging computers and causing a public safety threat.

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