Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Spam kills and saves lives

A spam message sent to the mobile phone of a would-be suicide bomber caused a premature explosion.

The accident happened on new year's eve in Moscow. The bomber, a woman believed to belong to a radical Islamist terror group, was killed but no one else was hurt.

According to a report in The Telegraph, "Islamist terrorists in Russia often use cheap unused mobile phones as detonators."

The newspaper quotes security sources, who claim that a spam message wishing recipients a happy new year triggered the detonator. This caused the suicide belt to explode while the wearer was still in a safe house, preparing for the attack.

For those in the targeted area of Red Square, their new year was certainly improved by one simple spam message.