Back in early February, newspapers
across the country reported that computer hackers were interfering
with emergency calls over the 911 communications
network. The reports said the hackers had penetrated the system
using information from a secret computer document.
The scare grew out of an indictment by a grand jury in
Lockport, Illinois. On February 7, Craig Neidorf and Robert
Riggs were indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, violation of
the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, and interstate
transportation of stolen goods.
Prosecutors alleged that Neidorf and Riggs had conspired
to steal, using fraudulent methods, a confidential and proprietary
document from the Bell South telephone company.
This document, it was claimed, could allow computer hackers
to disrupt the 911 emergency network.