Incident for David Jeansonne 2004-02-19

First Name David
Other Name
Last Name Jeansonne
DOB Unknown
Age 43
Gender male
Location US
Information The indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury sitting in San Francisco late last week, charges Jeansonne with two counts of intentionally causing damage to computers, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1030a5Ai. The indictment alleges that Mr. Jeansonne transmitted a computer virus to subscribers of the WebTV internet service in July 2002. WebTV is a product of Microsoft Corporation that allows subscribers to connect to the Internet using their standard television as a monitor. The indictment alleges that Jeansonne sent certain WebTV users, e-mails with an executable attachment containing a computer code that reset the dial-in telephone numbers of the users WebTV boxes to "9-1-1," the emergency telephone number commonly connected to local police dispatchers. The indictment alleges in Count One that Jeansonnes actions caused a threat to public health and safety and in Count Two that those actions caused losses of at least $5,000. An affidavit filed in connection with a search warrant for Jeansonnes residence in Louisiana also alleges that the e-mail sent by Jeansonne characterized the attachment as a harmless program that, when executed, simply changed the colors displayed on the users television screen. However, unknown to the WebTV user, the executed attachment caused the users WebTV box to dial 9-1-1 the next time the user attempted to connect to the Internet. If the user did not try to connect to the Internet for the rest of the day, the WebTV box dialed 9-1-1 at midnight, due to the fact that the WebTV boxes were pre-programmed to connect to WebTVs servers in Santa Clara, California at midnight each day in order to receive software and other updates. The affidavit filed in connection with the search warrant also alleges that a total of 21 WebTV users received the e-mail and that at least 10 of those individuals reported that local police either called or visited their residences in response to a 9-1-1 call. Mr. Jeansonne made his initial appearance this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Louis Moore in New Orleans, and was released on a $25,000 bond. Jeansonne is scheduled to appear again for a removal hearing before the Magistrate Judge in New Orleans on February 27, 2004.
Pending Outcome No
Damages Costs Unknown
Date Of Crime Unknown
Occupation student
Crime(s) Hacking
Sector(s) Private equity
Authorities FBI
Authorities Statement view
Lawyers Cherie Chappell
Prosecutors John McKay
Judges Robert S. Lasnik