Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Killer Cell Phone Virus

To kick things off, here's an interesting news piece from Pakistan (and apparently Afghanistan now, too). A rumor warning cellular phone users that they could receive a virus capable of killing a human being instigated widespread panic. Mosques in a major city proclaimed "that people were being killed by a mobile virus and they should be aware of God's wrath." Of course, there is no mechanism in a cellular phone that such a virus could exploit to lethal effect. And why should God exact his wrath with cell phones, when his traditional weapons of flood, fire, lightning, earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, drought, famine, and pestilence are still readily available? Just goes to show that a modicum of skepticism goes a long way.

Can 'Virus' Text Message Kill You?
Mobile Phone Virus Scare Jumps from Pakistan to Afghanistan

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