[ISN] Norcross man pleads guilty to shutting off 911 system

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Wed Sep 26 2007 - 23:04:45 PDT


By Rhonda Cook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Norcross man pleaded guilty Wednesday to tampering with a 
telecommunications system operated by Cox Communications and shutting 
off access to 911 emergency service for customers who depend on regional 
data centers in Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., 
according to federal documents.

William Bryant, 38, admitted he remotely shut down portions of the Cox 
Communications computer and telecommunications system May 6 after he was 
asked to resign. For almost two hours, some Cox customers could not make 
emergency telephone calls, according to information provided in court.

Cox Communications and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both owned 
by Cox Enterprises.

"It's unfortunate that this happened, but it is a testament to our 
acumen as a telecom provider and [Internet service provider] that our 
security and engineering teams were able to resolve this quickly before 
any negative impact to our customers," Cox Communications spokesman 
David Graybert said. "As always in cases such as this, we cooperate 
fully with authorities."

Bryant will be sentenced Dec. 13. He could be fined up to $250,000 and 
sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

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