WebTV virus writer sentenced to six months

By Derek Sooman on March 15, 2005, 12:51 PM
The person who wrote the virus that caused WebTV users to dial 911 instead of their local access number has been sentenced to six months in prison. A man (from Louisiana) who goes by the name of David Jeansonne, pled guilty in February to the charges.

He was sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte and will have to spend an additional six months of home detention and pay $27,100 to Microsoft after he is released, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.

About 10 or so people fell for this pretty lame trick, resulting in much wasted police time, taking resources away from genuine crime fighting.

Jeansonne was caught following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Unit of the United States Attorney's Office.

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