Teen hacks iPhones, floods Ariz. dispatch centers
By EMS1 Staff
MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — A teenager is facing several felony charges after flooding 911 call centers to collect an Apple bug bounty.
Meetkumar Desai, 18, unleashed chaos last week at numerous call centers after creating an iOS exploit that caused iPhones to dial 911, reported The Register.
Officials said the incident led one police department to be “in immediate danger of losing service” to its 911 call center.
Although police managed to take the web server offline to end the floods of calls, Desai said he never meant to make the exploit go live.
Those who realized their phone had dialed 911 immediately disconnected the calls, but dispatch protocol requires operators to call back.