Meetkumar Desai, age 19, was sentenced to 3 years supervised probation for carrying out a reckless cyberattack on 911 emergency call systems in Maricopa County. Authorities will also be able to monitor Desai’s computer while he is on probation.
Desai pleaded guilty to one count of Computer Tampering in August 2017. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit arrested Desai after 4 law enforcement agencies received more than 300 hang up 911 calls between October 24th and October 26th, 2016. The large number of calls and the volume made by a computer malware application had the potential to shut down 911 services across Maricopa County. The 911 hang up calls were made to MCSO, Surprise PD, Chandler PD, and Avondale PD 911 emergency call centers.