A virus which caused WebTV users' computers to dial the 911 emergency services without their knowledge has been traced by to David Jeansonne of Metairie, Louisiana. Jeansonne today pled guilty
to sending email to 20 WebTV subscribers carrying a virus in an attachment in July 2002. The e-mail contained attachments which changed the dial-in telephone number in the user's WebTV box to 911. This meant that the next time the user attempted to log in to WebTV, the computer dialled 911, rather than calling the local modem telephone number supplied to the user by WebTV. Jeansonne, who is 44, is looking at the sharp end of a 10 year stay in prison, along with a fine of $250,000.