Unexpected New Years SMS From Mobile Operator May Have Killed Would Be Suicide Bomber
from the happy-new-year! dept
This is just classic. We've heard plenty of stories about bombs that are designed to go off when an SMS text message is received... and we know all too well about annoying and unwanted text messages from your mobile operator. But how about combining the two. Apparently, a planned suicide bombing in Russia was "averted" when the bomb went off early due to an unexpected "happy new years" SMS from the carrier, blowing up the bomb and the would-be suicide bomber at a safe house, far away from Red Square (or anything else) that was the intended target. As Wired notes:
If true, the SMS might be the only time that a wireless carriers SMS message has ever been useful.