APD: iPhone prank tying up 911 operators

Hundreds of tweets have appeared online promoting the dangerous prank

The number "108" is the emergency response number in India.

"They generally only have one dispatcher that's dispatching officers, they're answering non-emergency calls, and 911 calls as well", said Page.

iPhone users are well aware of Siri, the virtual assistant that can dial numbers for you, look up restaurants in the area, send text messages and perform other similar tasks. "In such situations, having knowledge of contact information for local emergency services or the pertinent consular services can be beneficial", the patent's authors wrote.

When Siri hears "108", it will start a five second countdown during which the call can be canceled.

A social media post has been circulating telling iPhone users to ask Siri about the number "108" and wait for a specific period of time before doing anything else. And lo and behold, after just five seconds, they end up talking to a 911 operator, asking them about the nature of their emergency. That is because these numbers connect a caller with emergency services in other countries.

That's because Apple made it easy for people to call emergency services from anywhere in the world.

An Arkansas police department also warned users to steer clear of the prank, stating the shortcut is designed specifically as a panic code for those in real emergencies.



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