Among the changes in an iPhone software update Apple Inc.
released this week: a fix aimed at preventing cyberattacks
on 911 centers in the U.S.
The vulnerability was exposed in October after an 18-year-old in
Arizona allegedly designed code that would cause iPhones to
repeatedly dial 911. A link to the code went viral on Twitter, as
teenagers began sharing it as a prank.
The incident, which was detailed in a Wall Street Journal
article, resulted in thousands of accidental 911 calls,
overwhelming operators in at least a dozen states across the U.S.