Ways of weaponising YouTube and SMS have probably already been roundtabled and workshopped by those whose job it is is to dream up new ways to kill and disable human beings, and they probably came up with nothing outside of variations of a strobing screen that would only deal with epileptics and former hardcore Ecstasy users.
But the case of the killer mobile phone text message, of brain exploding death, will no doubt inspire weapons makers to all the possibilities of Assassination By SMS.
If only it were possible :
It's a hoax, apparently. For now at least.
The Egyptian Government has sought to dispel rumours that a mobile phone text message "from unknown foreign quarters" is spreading around the country and killing those who receive it.
The extraordinary move by Egypt's health and interior ministries follows press reports that an SMS containing a special combination of numbers killed a man in the town of Mallawi south of Cairo.
"He died vomiting blood, followed by stroke, shortly after he received a message from an unknown phone number," the Egyptian Gazette reported.
"The number begins with the symbol (+) and ends with (111)," it said.
An "official security source" was quoted by the official MENA news agency as denying that those who receive the SMS "get splitting headaches followed by brain haemorrhage that leads to death."