How mobile spammers verify the validity of harvested phone numbers | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE |

By Dancho Danchev


Have you ever received a blank call, and no one was on the other side of the line? What about a similar blank SMS received through your mobile carrier’s Mail2SMS gateway? There’s a high probability that it was a mobile spammer who’s automatically and efficiently verifying the validity of a recently harvested database of mobile numbers, with QA (Quality Assurance) in mind.

These verified databases will be later on used as the foundation for a highly successfulspam/scam/malicious software disseminating campaigns, thanks to the fact that the cybercriminals behind them will no longer be shooting into the dark. How do they do that? What kind of tools do they use?