PHOENIX (AP) -- A man accused of creating a cyberattack that nearly crashed 911 systems in the Phoenix area has been arrested.
Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say 18-year-old Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai has been booked into jail on suspicion of three counts of computer tampering.
It was unclear Thursday if Desai has an attorney yet.
Several Phoenix-area agencies including Surprise police, Peoria police and the sheriff's office received a flood of hang-up 911 calls late Tuesday night.
Desai told authorities the calls were an accident and it was a prank gone awry.
Sheriff's officials say an online account posted a link that, when clicked on, caused the devices to call 911 over and over and not allow the user to hang up.
911 operator Michelle Busch gives first hand info on 911 cyber attack, great job to all the dispatchers who handled this like professionals! pic.twitter.com/1JAzbM7RH8— @SgtJEnriquez (@DeputyEnriquez) October 27, 2016