Out of the Blue

Gosh I remember the days when viruses on the Internet were so uncommon you would actually write back to someone if they sent you one to find out if it was intentional, or to let them know they had a problem. Nowadays, of course, they come flooding in at such a rate it's impossible to do that, even if they did have the proper sender's address (which almost none of them do anymore). Well if things are wild with all this now, I just can't imagine what will happen if the virus mentioned in a Wired article called New Virus Infects Picture Files (thanks [MP] Wolverine [MP]) proliferates.

Link of the Day: Bob Reno's BadJocks.com. Thanks BabyJesus.
Story of the Day: U.S. spy imagery viewed by civilians. Thanks dbodine and Frottage, who adds: "This all could have been prevented had they had used spam encryption."
Weird Science: Tuning in to a deep sea monster. Thanks Bryce Baker.
Wild Science: Extrasolar Planets. "Newfound planetary system has 'hometown' look." Thanks SurlyBitch.
Auction of the Day: Porsche Boxster. Thanks Chris Johnson. So is there more plastic molding on the car, or the presenter?

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It's a virus that merely watches .jpg and executes code that it finds in there. Now this .jpg code can do anything rather than one specific thing like most viruses did in the past. Someone can send out .jpg code that deletes files, and someone else can send out .jpg code that sends reg info somewhere..

This kind of virus is nothing new. For example, there are tons of virii(sp?) out there that allow other people unlimited access to the infected computer. The only "new" thing about this JPEG virus would be that the instructions on what to do are transmitted using JPEG files instead of, say, a TCP connection.
Actually, I'd classify this as a low-threat virus, since the chances that someone has both an infected system and then views a JPEG with embedded instructions are pretty small. Certainly much lower than a virus that doesn't have to be "activated" by a JPEG file.

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