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Is it possible to make an android device "blast" through a call(or what looks like an incoming call) ?

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There is a whatsapp rumor spreading informing that if a call comes to your phone from a specific number then receiving it may make your phone explode.

I know a bit of programming and stuff and it feels kind of unsettling and impossible to make a phone go boom from a software. At most what I can think of is overclocking of CPU to burn it.

Is it possible to make a phone blast through an incoming call ? (or atleast overclock the CPU ?)

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    Might be a duplicate of this. If you want to know if this specific rumor is true (ass opposed to if this is theoretically possible), Sceptics.SE might also work (but read their rules before you post). – Anders Jan 3 '17 at 7:35
  • @Anders I think rumors are rumors but what I want is solid stuff that can base the answer to my question, so I think my question should belong here on security.SE – Mukul Kumar Jan 3 '17 at 8:04
  • If you ask here, make sure to do it in a way so that your questions are not answered by the answers to the question I linked. – Anders Jan 3 '17 at 8:28
  • @Anders thanks, I will have a close look to the link you shared. – Mukul Kumar Jan 3 '17 at 8:29
  • Mukul - as Anders said, this is really a Skeptics question. Not a security question as far as our scope is concerned. – Rory Alsop Jan 3 '17 at 11:27
  • an exploding phone poses no information security risk, – Jasen Jan 5 '17 at 0:33
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    @Jasen: I do not agree with you. A phone can contain data and knowing what can make that data vanish is a security question (think about the A of the CIA triad). But until it has been proven is can happen, the question is just a rumor and is probably more on topic in Skeptics – Serge Ballesta Jan 5 '17 at 14:03
  • fair enough, it's also denial of service, – Jasen Jan 5 '17 at 15:33

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