Next spam epidemic in your pocket

I am going a bit out on a limb here, mostly because readers know I am a dummy. I’ll bet that it won’t be long before cell phone spam takes over US wireless networks. My thinking is simple (easy for a simple mind):

Wireless carriers are already getting hit by spammy messages and calls. Second, people are use to entering their email address into all types of webforms, and that is not helping the spam fighting cause.

Now, the US has reached a hurdle that many other countries (mostly developing) hit a while back…more cellphone lines than landlines.

And with every ecommerce webform on the planet requiring a contact phone number for purchases, how long do you think it will take before those numbers are being sold to every Tom, Dick and Harry?


And with US messaging usage finally catching on, it is only a matter of time before spammers catch on too.


Iain says:

It has already happened.

A couple of weeks ago in the UK, Bluetooth enabled phones were hit by a malware file that spread itself through the network as folks opened the attachments (how many times does it need to be said about opening unknown files yet…). The file was apparently traced back to Russia.

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