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Malignant text ambushes Europe cell phones

A short text message is spelling death for cell phones in Europe. The wireless e-mail, among the 1 billion sent each day on the continent, can freeze or completely disable two cell phones made by German handset maker Siemens, spokesman Jacob Rice said here on Tuesday. The e-mails contain a single word, taken from the phone’s language menu, surrounded by quote marks and preceded by an asterisk, such as “*English” or “*Deutsch,” Siemens said. Opening the short-text message on a Siemens 35 series cell completely disables it, Rice said. Siemens 45 series phones are less affected and can be resuscitated after about two minutes of work, Rice said. Both phones are sold only in Europe. Full Story

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