'SMS of Death' Could Affect All Phones
Jan 7, 2011, 3:07 PM by Eric M. Zeman
German researchers have proven that the Short Messaging Service protocol (SMS) can be used to deliver malicious code to nearly all cellular phones -- including feature phones -- and do things such as force them off the network or force them to shut down. The researchers were able to set up a micro cellular network, scan devices that passed through it to determine their behavior, and then attach those phones via SMS. The point of the research was to demonstrate that with the right equipment, practically all cell phones are susceptible to attack. The researchers were able to successfully attack phones made by Nokia, LG, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and Micromax. According to the researches, it will be up to the network operators to come up with a way to defend against this sort of attack.
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