July 21, 2008

Picture message service suspended after privacy concerns

O2 has suspended its web-based picture message (MMS) viewing service after photos sent privately to others were found online. Computer Active reports.

"The problem, discovered by anti-spam blog Mail Channels, has affected users of handsets that can't display picture messages, such as Apple's iPhone.

Rather than seeing the message, users of these handsets receive a text message with a link to a web-based viewer. However, as no username or password is required to view the message, Mail Channels found that some images could be viewed through a simple Google search."

According to a post today on mocoNews.net, O2 is not alone. Other carriers like Sprint and MVNO Boost Mobile will not only show you the picture or video, but will also show you the phone number, download it, print it, forward it or reply to it all form the same web page.

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