Beware of the Deadly Virus!

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This news is a few days old (9 to be exact) but it was to good a topic to pass up! So on April 13th it was reported that a Deadly virus phone threat causes Pakistan to panic. Now at first glance this isn’t a big deal, hackers found a way to send you a virus to your phone, BUT you would be mistaken. No, no! Pakistan mobile service providers have been inundated by calls from subscribers worried by a prank message that they could die of a deadly virus being transmitted via their phones. You read right, they thought that someone could send them an actual medical virus that could infect their body and make them sick. So we have to give everyone the benefit of the doubt here perhaps this was a small group and the report is slightly overblown…Guess again…The rumor was so effective that some mosques in the country’s biggest city, Karachi, made announcements that people were being killed by a mobile virus and they should be aware of God’s wrath. And so whoever started this “virus” prank is up there with the greats like “War of the Worlds”. Perhaps those panicking had recently seen the Hollywood movie “The Ring” in which people die within a week after watching a video. In Pakistan the prankster warned users that a deadly virus transmitted through phones had already killed 20 people. And people wonder why we Americans found Borat so believable? (Maybe a bad example since I haven’t seen the movie yet!) There are more than 52 million mobile users among 160 million people in Pakistan, no word yet on how many people were infected…I mean affected by this prank!
So what should we all learn from this event? How about applying a little common sense when faced with any situation.

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