A Louisiana man has been sent to prison for six months for sending a malicious e-mail to Microsoft MSN TV customers.
The e-mails the convicted man sent out contained an attachment that the mails claimed would re-set their TV’s display colours when opened.
Instead, the attachment contained script that re-programmed customers’ TV boxes to dial 911 instead of a local phone number to access Microsoft’s servers.
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The ruse led to emergency services unexpectedly turning up at MSN TV customers' homes.
The man had pleaded guilty to intentionally causing damage to computers and causing a threat to public safety.
He will also have to complete six months of home detention and pay £15,000 compensation to Microsoft.
MSN TV service allows subscribers to connect to the internet via their television sets.