Is It Still A Security Threat If It Was Fixed Ages Ago?
from the uh,-yeah,-prepared-for-that-already dept
We can’t seem to go a week without having some security researchers getting headlines for a completely obvious security risk that probably isn’t much of a risk at all. Last week it was that (gasp! no!) spammers might attach embarrassing music files to their spam, and this week it’s that someone could launch a text message-based denial of service attack against a cellular network. It’s not hard to figure out how it would work. Basically, someone (probably using an internet gateway) would spam a ton of SMS numbers, and that would, in theory, slow down the network. Apparently, this “threat” is so important that it’s getting its own research paper and a writeup in the NY Times. Of course, it’s an amazingly obvious threat — so obvious, in fact, that most operators have already thought about it and put in place preventative measures. In other words, it’s not much of a threat at all.