Think about this for a minute. After the chill up your spine subsides make appropriate contingence plans:
The wireless provider released a statement saying that a malware attack via Twitter on Tuesday night “generated some unplanned 911 calls but 911 services and calls were not affected.”
“We are obligated by FCC regulations, as is every other wireless carrier, to notify authorities in your city if 911 services might at all be impacted, which is what we did when this problem was first detected. But this actually affected 911 nationwide and on any Apple device running iOS 10 or earlier (regardless of wireless carrier).
The malware has been disabled, but we’re advising our customers who clicked on the link to reboot their phone and update their software to 10.1. We’re also working with Apple to determine if any additional steps are needed.”
Apparently some number of malware infected iPhones repeated called 911, nationwide, in a denial of service attack on our emergency services.
Why would someone want to reduce or eliminate your ability to contact emergency services?
- They get a kick out of breaking things.
- They want to increase their odds of success in some sort of criminal/terrorist attack.
I can’t think of another reason.
Who needs a fire extinguisher or a gun? Just call 911 and you’ll be fine, right?