Re: Watch out ! (Even JPEGs are sus now)

To: "Robert Inglis" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Watch out ! (Even JPEGs are sus now)
From: Paul Foxworthy <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 12:27:43 +1000
It's a myth. An anti-virus company with a vested interest in keeping us all scared somehow received an example of a virus that as yet is not known to be "in the wild", i.e. infecting anyone's computer.

*If* your computer is *already* infected by this particular virus, it will read information from JPEG files.

JPEGs are data files and *cannot* contain a virus in their own right. This virus or any other cannot be transmitted by a JPEG alone.

See,289142,sid14_gci833434,00.html for more information.

I am most annoyed that PC User are circulating a story that emerged in June without looking into it more carefully.

See the Virus Myths site at for a critical look at viruses and how the anti-virus industry operates.


Paul Foxworthy

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