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Monday, 03 December 2012 21:44

Happy Birthday SMS

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In the picture above you can see the first mobile phone to receive a text message in history. The message was "Merry Christmas" sent by a computer on the 3rd of December 1992. Neil Papworth from the company Sema Group (now Mavenir Systems) was the sender, using the Vodafone network to transfer it to the mobile Orbitel 901 which was owned by Richard Jarvis, this well known telecommunications company employee. Therefore we can say that today we celebrate the 20th Birthday of SMS (Short Message Service).

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 21:59

SMS spammers fined 440,000 pounds


Two spammers from Great Britain have received a large penalty for sending spam to mobile phones, according to the BBC. They were given a penalty in the amount of 440,000 pounds. The duo was emitting around 840,000 texts daily through the company they founded to recipients who without a doubt did not want to receive those messages. They "wasted" about 70 SIM cards daily that were connected through the device to the computer and then they used them to spam the messages until they used all available limits.

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Monday, 22 October 2012 20:34

Android: Texts from the Future!??


Android users have a lot to be happy about. Despite all the awesome that is Android, there are the occasional bumps in the road. One of the more hilarious of these problems is the tendency for Android phones to display incorrect timestamps on text messages under certain conditions. Sometimes, it can appear as if your friend has texted you from several hours in the future. Sometimes in the past.

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So Apple has responded to the issue with SMS (Short Message System) that appears to heavily affect Apple iPhones. In a statement released to Engadget they sat the following: “Apple takes security very seriously. When using iMessage instead of SMS, addresses are verified which protects against these kinds of spoofing attacks. One of the limitations of SMS is that it allows messages to be sent with spoofed addresses to any phone, so we urge customers to be extremely careful if they're directed to an unknown website or address over SMS.”

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It seems there is a flaw in the way that Apple implements the SMS protocol on their phones. As most know there is no such thing as secure communication when you are transmitting data back and forth over the internet. There are methods that are more secure than others, but nothing is “secure”. This holds true for the PDU protocol (Protocol Description Unit which covers SMS) which has multiple pieces, standards and even methods for transfer. Because of the complex nature of this standard it is in the hand of the phone developer and the carrier to make sure the implementation is done correctly.

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