Spam Text Message Triggers Suicide Bomb In Russia
SPAM has saved lives in Russia. The Muslim suicide bomber looking to cause carnage in Moscow was carrying a device triggered by an incoming SMS message. Trouble is that the actual trigger was undone by an ealier message, something like “I’m on the train”, “What U wearing?” or “Meet Russian girls – just send reply text”.
The unnamed woman, who is thought to be part of the same group that struck Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on Monday, intended to detonate a suicide belt on a busy square near Red Square on New Year’s Eve in an attack that could have killed hundreds.
Security sources believe a spam message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her but nobody else.
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