The good news is that according to The Wall Street Journal (via 9to5Mac), Apple has confirmed that the latest update to iOS has fixed the problem. According to the report, “The code only triggered 911 calls from iPhones, exploiting a feature in the smartphone’s software that allows users to click on a phone number and immediately initiate a call. Apple says the update supersedes that capability and now requires users to always press a second confirmation before initiating a call.”
As for the 18-year old teen that discovered and exploited the flaw, he has since been arrested for three counts of felony computer tampering. Note that this isn’t the first time that such flaws or loopholes have allowed for accidental calling of 911. For example about a week ago, it was discovered that saying “108” to Siri would dial 911, as 108 is India’s equivalent of 911 and Siri will interpret that number depending on where you are.
We’re not sure if this particular loophole has been closed, but it’s something to keep in mind in case you don’t want to get in trouble for accidentally dialing 911.