New prank that uses Siri could end up with you in jail

New prank that uses Siri could end up with you in jail
The cops are warning iPhone users not to fall for the latest prank involving Siri. It seems that those rockin' an iPhone are being encouraged to say "108" to Siri. A typical post might tell you that saying that number to Siri will elicit a joke from the voice-activated virtual personal assistant, or transfer money into your bank account. However, when Siri hears the number 108, she thinks that your life is in danger and starts a five-second countdown before calling 911.

The reason why this works is fairly simple. 108 is the emergency number that is used in India. Apple wants it to be easy for iPhone users to call for help no matter where they are in the world. So in the same way that an American calling 911 in the U.K. will connect to that region's 999 emergency number, giving Siri the number 108 will result in an automatic call to 911 in the states.

Needless to say, police departments across the country are upset because the prank is tying up 911 from coast to coast. In the same vein, saying the numbers 112, 110, 999 and 000 to Siri in the U.S. will also end up up with the phone making a time wasting call to 911. That is because these numbers connect a caller with emergency services in other countries. According to various police departments, anyone tying up 911 by calling the service without a real emergency taking place could be committing a criminal act.


source: OregonLive, KansasCity.com

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21 Comments

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/23/15033064/apple-not-breached-hacker-claims-wipe-icloud A) There's no verification if this was even an authentic hack. From the link above: In communications with Motherboard, the hacker group allegedly showed a YouTube video in which one of its members accessing a woman’s iCloud account, giving them access to her photos, as well as the chance to remotely wipe the device. But it’s not clear whether this procedure was staged, and if it wasn’t, whether the group could replicate the process across its entire data set. B) The apparent "ransom" is pocket change, further calling into question whether the purported hack could even be done: Motherboard first reported that a group calling itself the Turkish Crime Family was claiming to have stolen details for upwards of 300 million iCloud accounts in a bid to extort money from Apple. The group reportedly demanded $75,000 in either Bitcoin or fellow cryptocurrency Ethereum, or $100,000 of iTunes gift cards by April 7th, or else it would reset iCloud accounts and remotely wipe Apple devices Needless to say, those here who have an iCloud account should verify 2FA or reset any passwords they may have, just to be safe. However, I sincerely doubt there's anything to worry about.

3. mikehunta727 unregistered

So you actually think 300 million iCloud accounts got hacked, broke the immense security of the severs that hosts these accounts, and all they are asking from a super massive mega multi billion dollar corporation for $75k? These hackers are completely bluffing, at the most they probably hacked a few thousand unsecured iCloud accounts, otherwise they would be asking for tens of millions of dollars if they truly did hack it, why only 75K if they hacked the largest corporation in the world currently? They should be asking for $100 million minimum through Bitcoin or Etherium or whatever if they truly did this

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Basically this^ But safety first...

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol you guys just roasted him with the truth.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

They get so happy when they see a chink in the armor.... I just enjoy sinking their joy. I'm a pretty awful person, now that I think about it....

5. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

And there came the herds to defending theirs God.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

So stating facts makes me part of a herd? You're awfully eager to be right...just like a certain orange idiot currently in office.

21. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1094; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

lol. +1 bro.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Dude just stop. You have been smacked with the truth.

7. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Its not about money. It is about iOS is vulnerable, not secure like people think.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Its not about money." It is very much about the money. A hack of that caliber would be worth MILLIONS of dollars. Hundreds of millions even. The fact that these idiots asked for "iTunes gift cards" simply proves my point: It's highly unlikely they have such a hack. "It is about iOS is vulnerable," The hack was about iCloud you idiot, it has just about nothing to do with iOS. "not secure like people think." No software is secure. Expecting such is ridiculous. The creed goes: If humans make it, humans can exploit it. That's how everything works, including cloud software.

8. Unordinary unregistered

Calling 911 can't land you in jail. #clickbait as usual

14. Alan01

Posts: 602; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Calling 911 when there is no emergency is against the law. Regards, Alan F.

16. Unordinary unregistered

I interned with a local PD for a while. Guess this is another piece of misinformation or lack of detail by yours truly, Alan F.raud. Typical

17. Subie

Posts: 2354; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

20. AlikMalix unregistered

Alan there's a story today that a small kid used Siri to call emergency and saved his moms life. It's the opposite side (a positive side) of this feature

15. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Please piss off emergency operators so you can't effectively breed.

13. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It makes no sense though. A foreigner to India would still think it's 911. In fact if you want to make it easy siri should use location based information and re-route for the user instead of accepting every emergency number. Also when someone says "call emergency" does it do 108 when in india or 911?

19. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree with this point right here.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that tweet poster should be thrown to jail..

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