Malware

Pocket calling and zombie phones imperil 9-1-1 services

Pocket calling and zombie phones imperil 9-1-1 services

Emergency response lines are under growing threat from a range of unintentional and malicious threats. 

The steady rise in nuisance calls from children playing with hand-me-down smartphones to a malicious prank designed to trick people into using their digital assistants to call emergency services and even from malware turning phones into a horde of dialing zombie phones is putting increase strain on 9-1-1 systems in number of North American jurisdictions.