Published on October 13th, 2013 | by Sedgrid Lewis3
Text Bomb! New Tool for Cyberbullies
One technique that cyber bullies use to torment their victims is text bombing. A text bomb is when a user sends a text 1,000 to 10,000 times in the same day. The victim of the bomb has to endure receiving the same degrading text throughout the day. Here is a user from the Popular site Reddit that gives details on how they text bombed their boss.
“I purchased an older android phone and a T-Mobile prepaid sim with a month’s worth of unlimited texting. One Monday morning at about three AM I fired up the phone and started up a texting app I have. It will send the same message as many times as you want. I typed “Thanks for using winafreeipadtoday.com you just entered to win a free iPad! This entry will cost $1 and will be charged to your cell phone bill.” I set the app to send the message 4,000 times. I plugged the phone in and went to bed. After I got up I set it to send the same message 10,000 more times. Over the next month I sent that guy about 40,000 messages. It completely wrecked his old blackberry and he was unable to do anything with his new phone until he blocked text messaging. I can just imagine the fear when he checked his phone bill for charges.”
Text bombers use apps fom various websites and the Android Market (Google Play). Below are the top apps used by text bombers
SMS BOMBER (Android)- App allows you to send a text to the user at anytime.
SMS BARRAGE- Banned from the Google App store due to malicious text bombing. The developer is hosting the apk file on his site and continually updating it. App allows you to send 100 text messages at one time to one user.
TEXT BOMB ELITE (Apple Android)- Send 1000 text messages at one time to your enemy.
There are multiple apps on Google Play and Itunes that will block text bombers. Here are some of our personal favorites:
TEXT BOMB DEFENDER (Android)- It runs in the background of your cell phone while blocking all unwanted texts. The best thing is that it prevents your carrier for accepting text bombs which prevents unwanted charges.
ANTI SMS BOMB (Android)- App will block repeated texts from the same number. App file is also very small which will save your battery from being drained.
NUMBER COP (Iphone)- One of the best spam protection apps for the Iphone. It blocks all spam and fishing texts from your phone.