I'm fond of stories about hapless terrorists, first the booty-calling terrorists who killed their own operative, and now a suicide bomber foiled by ... spam. It begins routinely enough, as a Russian terrorist prepares to blow herself up during New Year's celebrations in Moscow:
An unnamed woman, described as a ‘black widow’, was set to detonate a belt of explosives in Red Square .... The bomb, like a number of home made explosives used by militants or terrorists around the globe, was set to be triggered via a cell phone signal, specifically a text message.
There was just one problem. The phone was apparently set to detonate when it received a text message -- any text message at all. Not much of a problem, the killers must have thought, since no one had the woman's number. But they reckoned without her mobile provider, which seems to have sent every phone on its network a message saying "Happy New Year."
And happy it was for a bunch of people who would otherwise have been victims:
According to a report by The Daily Telegraph, a text message wishing her a “Happy New Year” was sent to this woman by her mobile phone provider, causing the connected explosive device to detonate.
The would-be terrorist was apparently wearing (or near) the belt when the spam came in. She died in the blast. In a just world, she'd have had just enough time to hear the "ding" of an incoming message and to say, "What the ...?"