Monday, March 31, 2008

People can now be killed by terrorists through their computer surfing

We have all received ridiculous timewasting spam emails. Now things have got much, much worse.

A 33 year old healthy looking woman has apparently had a serious convulsive fit from email spam, sent with that intent. Her 10 year old son was able to turn off the computer when he saw what had happened.

The attack began on Saturday, March 22, 2008, when attackers used a script to post hundreds of messages embedded with flashing animated gifs. The attackers turned to a more effective tactic on Sunday, injecting JavaScript into some posts that redirected users' browsers to a page with a more complex image designed to trigger seizures in both photosensitive and pattern-sensitive epileptics. So far this mass terrorism seems to have affected only a few people, according to the Epilepsy Foundation.

IMO: Anyone likely to be affected by visual images should take this very seriously. There are doubtless other similar ways a terrorist email attack can be carried out.So far there is not known to be any association with AlQaeda.

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