WebTV 'virus' calls the cops

Wednesday, 24 July 2002, 7:04 PM EST

Microsoft, which bought WebTV in 1997 and turned it into MSNTV, has said that the machines are being hijacked by a virus that spreads via email.

Once the malicious attachment is executed, the WebTV box reboots and dials out to 911.

An officer is usually dispatched to the caller's address if the caller does not reply, leading to a number of confused WebTV owners finding a policeman on their doorstep.

But members of the geek community have pointed out that the 'virus' looks more like a very old and well known modem exploit, which affects all operating systems with a dial up connection.

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