Are Pranks Even Worth It? SMS BOMBING and Your Security.

What is SMS Bombing? 

Mobile devices send text messages through the Short Message Service (SMS). Although the majority of us are accustomed to sending one special message at a time, several services are available that can significantly speed up and increase the frequency of your messaging. An SMS bomber is a piece of software that repeatedly copies the same message and transmits it to a specific receiver. You obtain the programme online and utilise the text-messaging capabilities of your phone to send the SMS bombs.  

Online downloads of the apk files are accessible for SMS bombing, which uses freeware. SMSBomber, BombItUp, and TXTBlast are some well-known SMS bombing applications. The websites frequently take advantage of weak API points owned by other companies that are actually used to deliver OTPs and messages to authorised users for login, password reset, etc. The attackers use their scripts to make GET/POST queries on these APIs, which automates message transmission and aids in planning SMS bombing attacks. 

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Why should it matter to you? 

Many times, your friend might bombard you with these messages, just for the sake of a prank, but it can be at the risk of breaching his privacy or might as well yours. These applications and websites that help pull such tricks off can sneak into the systems used to pull this prank off, and guess what happens next?  

Yep, you guessed it right. A Privacy and Security breach.   

While there are several ways through which these breaches can be taken care of, a more straightforward method would be to stop pranking your friends (if you are) this way, and if you are being pranked on, maybe just don’t open and click on any links in these messages. 

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Curated by: Prajwala D Dinesh, Ritwik Tiwari, Ayush Sahay


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