SMS attacks could cripple cell phones

Thursday, 6 October 2005, 2:52 PM EST

Hackers armed with a moderately sized network of zombie computers theoretically could knock out cellular service throughout the U.S., according to security researchers at Pennsylvania State University. In a report published Wednesday, the researchers explained how such an attack could exploit weaknesses in Short Message Service (SMS), which is used to send and receive text messages between mobile phones.

By Robert McMillan at InfoWorld.

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