Checkout video: This malicious iPhone Bug makes repeated Calls to 911
The twitter bug functions after the user clicks a link, it will cause Apple iPhone to ring a pre-determined numbers similar to 911. The Twitter bug will then, refresh the page or just opens up multiple apps to freeze Apple iphone's user interface. Apple iphone will be unable to cancel 911 calls
Police arrested a fraudster for using a malicious link on Twitter that makes iPhones to frequently ring 911 number.
The twitter bug functions after the user clicks a link , it will cause Apple iPhone to ring a pre-determined numbers similar to 911.
The Twitter bug will then, refreshes the internet page or just opens up multiple apps to freeze Apple iphone's user interface. Apple iphone will be unable to cancel 911 calls, following such tampering.
The bug can be very deadly and can affect social networks like Twitter, as many 911 call centers will face thousands of calls from innocent people, making calls with out knowing that they were tricked by villains.
Now, the modus operandi of bug's operation has been revealed, as Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai, was charged with at least three counts of felony computer tampering for the offence.
The teenager who was arrested got hundred calls “in a matter of minutes” admit, Maricopa County Sheriff’s office. Officials in states like California and Texas were also affected.
“The Peoria Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office also received a large volume of these repeated 911 hang up calls and had the potential danger of losing service throughout Maricopa County,” added the officials reacting on the incident.
But, what makes it curious is that that Apple once fixed the bug long back, when Apple came with iOS 3 release.
But, the Apple’s fix for bugs only meant for web browser, Safari. It had no power to face problems created by pseudo browsers (named WebView) that functions in web apps like Twitter or LinkedIn.
Watch this video to know this Twitter bug in action:
Check out these funny tweets on bizarre 911 calls:
Dog 911: Did it stop?
Dog: Yes thank God I was- WAIT THERE'S A LONG SUCKY NOSE ON IT NOW
Dog 911: OMG
Dog 911: OMG
— Reverend Scott (@Reverend_Scott) August 21, 2015