Email to SMS

Here’s a quick tip I decided to share. I recently made a presentation based on the “Carrier Pigeon” presentation given at Defcon 17. This presentation by Brandon Dixon was based on an attack using conventional email spamming techniques to attack phones. This is a modified version of my presentation, basically making this a tool for good. If you want to check out Brandon’s presentation, recordings can be found here.

There is an easy way to send SMS text messages to phones from computers. All you need is the number you want to text and an email client. This works for any email client whether it be GMail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Outlook, Thuderbird or anything else you can think of.

When you compose a new message, you have to know the number you want to text. Then, in the to: field, you put the Number@Carrier. I found a great list on Tech-Recipes of all of the carrier domains.

T-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.net
Virgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.com
Cingular: phonenumber@cingularme.com
Sprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Verizon: phonenumber@vtext.com
Nextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.com

Now the next time your phone is dead or you only have a computer, you can still keep up-to-date with all your friends with this simple method of texting through email.

For more tips and tricks like this make sure you check out DevonSchreiner.com.

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2 Responses to Email to SMS

  1. Hey man,

    Thanks for linking back. I released the tool I mentioned. The code is nothing pretty (I should just spend an afternoon and redo it), but it provides a web interface to the attacks I talked about. Shoot me an email if you want to talk more on the subject or if you have questions.

  2. @Brandon Dixon

    Thank you very much for all the information and your openness to discussing it. I will definitely give it a try and get back to you. Thanks!

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