Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai, 18, an Indian American youth has been charged with three counts of computer tampering after “accidentally” swamping the state of Arizona’s emergency services with thousands of bogus 911 telephone calls.
More than 1,000 people clicked on the exploit and flooded emergency call centers around the country with more than 100 calls over a few minutes. Desai told the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department that his friend discovered the vulnerability and that he tweaked the bug to trigger pop-ups, open emails, and to activate phone dialing. He said he was just trying to be “funny,” The Verge reported. Maricopa County sheriff’s office said the link had been clicked almost 2,000 times, threatening emergency services across Arizona.