18 Year Old Teen By Mistake DDoSed On 911 System Using iOS Bug

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An 18 year old teen Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai was arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit for flooding the 911 emergency system with hang-up calls. He was also booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on three counts of felony computer tampering on Monday.

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How Did He Make This Happen?

Desai created a JavaScript exploit which he shared on Twitter and other websites with his friends. People accessing the link shared by him from iOS devices (such as iPads and iPhones) saw their devices automatically dial and redial 911. He shared the link on Twitter with over 12,000 followers where over 1,849 people have clicked on the link.

On investigating Desai said that he was only interested in discovering bugs in iOS, which he could report to Apple and possibly earn money or recognition among his friends. He added that he received a tip about a bug in iOS, which he successfully exploited.

However during his tests he was able to created several weaponized versions of this bug which would constantly dial a phone number or show annoying popups. The teenager said that by mistake he shared the weaponized link online, he shared a version that instead of showing annoying popups, redialed a phone number, which in this case was 911.

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William Fieldhouse

I currently work full time as a penetration tester and have been involved within the IT security industry for over a decade. I also love to pioneer any forms of new technology and ideologies for future advancements. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

William Fieldhouse

I currently work full time as a penetration tester and have been involved within the IT security industry for over a decade. I also love to pioneer any forms of new technology and ideologies for future advancements. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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