Spam kills; SMS blows up would-be suicide bomber too early

A would-be suicide bomber accidentally blew herself up in Moscow, Russia on New Years Eve. The suspected reasoning for the accidental detonation, a spam SMS message on her phone wishing her a happy new years.

The "Black Widow" was getting prepared to blow herself up in a large crowd during the New Years countdown, using a belt full of explosives, until an SMS message set the bomb off too early, only killing herself. The Telegraph reports that the security officials handling the case believe the source of the accidental bombing was from a spam message to her mobile phone, which was used to trigger the bomb.

Terrorists normally use cheap mobile phones to detonate the bomb, having a remote handler send the suicide-bomber a text message or phone call, triggering the explosive. The explosive belt used in this case would have killed hundreds of people, and injuring hundreds or even thousands more.

At the time of the detonation, the woman was getting prepared with two other suspects at a safe house. Both of the other suspects survived and were seen fleeing from the scene of the bombing.

It just goes to prove, not all spam is bad.

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