Virus Payload Via JPEGs

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Subject: Virus Payload Via JPEGs

An interesting story over at the 'ol C|Net News page discussing what is believed to be the first "JPEG Infector" of its kind. The good news is that you won't get infected just by opening a "tainted" JPEG. Your machine would first have to be infected by an extractor virus, which would then receive its orders to perform dirty deeds from the encoded JPEG. Something else to note is that in its current form, this virus will corrupt the image, but if it were to evolve to a point where it could "hide" itself in the picture without corruption (like current software that lets you send text encoded into JPEG files) then there would definitely be cause for concern.
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