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The Latest Danger: Cell Phone Image Spam - De File
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cbertsch
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The Latest Danger: Cell Phone Image Spam
In the last day I've received numerous spam messages from a cell phone address that consist solely of a "tropical resort" image. I imagine that there's a virus embedded in the JPEG, which doesn't worry me much as a Mac user, but should worry any Windows users out there who are getting the same spam messages. Here's what a typical message looks like in a virus-free screenshot:

Remind me not to visit that beach. It's far too grainy and washed out for my scopophilia-centered tastes.

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kumaraka From: kumaraka Date: August 17th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Is it really possible to embed a virus on a JPG??

I've been sending Ann my phone pics.. I think I might start sending them to my LJ actually..
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 17th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm pretty sure you can embed a virus in a JPEG. There's lots of data in one and not all of it gets translated into pixels.
jcoldrey From: jcoldrey Date: August 17th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know this is a leap, but that beach reminds of me 1970s Italian zombie/cannibal movies. Slightly skanky and downmarket, washed out. Bring on the crossover porno actors.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 17th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Absolutely! It's very 70s. Maybe it's not a virus-carrying attachment, but I can't figure out what else it would be doing. So odd.
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: August 18th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That beach and the fact that's it's being projected to you from a cell phone and through your computer just creeps me out. It's like a Message From Hell. Like that awful japanese cell phone horror movie we watched. I like it though. I mean, because it's so creepy. You can keep it though. I like seeing it here, but I don't want one of my own.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 18th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, it's very Japanese horror film, isn't it? I like the idea that it's from Hell.
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