ME and Ophelia

Monday, May 17, 2004

ACE message is most definitely a hoax

There's an email circulating saying: "If you receive a phone call and your mobile phone displays (ACE) on the screen don't answer the call. End the call immediately. If you answer the call, your phone will be infected by a virus. This virus will erase all IMEI and IMSI information from both your phone and your SIM card, which will make your phone unable to connect with the telephone network. You will have to buy a new phone. This information has been confirmed by both Motorola and Nokia. There are over 3 million mobile phones being infected by this virus in USA now. You can also check this news in the CNN website. Please forward this piece of information to all your friends."

To check if this was a hoax, I emailed British technologist Pete Barr-Watson in Brighton, England. Here's Pete's response: "...As for the ACE message, it is most definitely a hoax. The ACE name would have to be in your directory to show up, and there are so many different operating systems and variations that there are no mobile viruses that are likely to produce this result. (actually, I just googled it too, and got this response -->"
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Pete's Flash fame and years

Pete's nearly finished writing the story of his years. On his forthcoming book (the dotcom years and more) he says: "Writing about the last few years has been quite cathartic for me. I went through my 30-something years embroiled in the whole dotcom phenomenon one way or another. I saw things, heard things and did things that seem fantastical to me now and the constituent parts make for a more dynamic story than any fictional novel could deliver! Money, drugs, intrigue, subterfuge, sex and rock and roll - it's all there... I'll get it finished by summer hopefully and then publish it here under a CC license. Not sure about naming names yet though; we'll see..."

BTW Pete's wowy bod is in the link above - here's his handsome cheery face :-)

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 5/17/2004
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