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Phoenix Man Faces Charges Over 911 Phone Hack

Meetkumar Desai
(Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Meetkumar Desai

A Phoenix man is now out of jail, but still facing charges and scrutiny after he took advantage of a cybersecurity flaw in the national 911 system.

Meetkumar Desai was arrested last October for tweeting out a link that when clicked on took over cellphones and forced them to repeatedly dial 911. The hack took down 911 call centers in several states.

Desai told authorities at the time that it was meant to be a prank and went awry.

Desai is several facing felony charges. A hearing for his case will be March 30.

Naomi Gingold is the weekend morning host at KJZZ. When’s she’s not in the studio, she’s out reporting stories in the Valley.