Involuntary porn on a mobile

A mother in Florida is reported to be less than impressed when photos she sent from her Cingular network mobile phone appeared to a family member as hard core porn.

Kim Admire said she sent MMS photos of her daughter's braces to family and friends from her shiny new smartphone. The photos of her daughter were apparently received by everyone she sent them to, except for her brother, Timothy May.

May received a text message directing him to the Cingular Web site where he could retrieve the photo. He did so, but ended up with an animated Pinocchio doing something with rather rude.

The animation was titled "Shayna's Braces," which was the same title Kim Admire had named her photo.

What's interesting about the mix-up is the fact that Cingular's Web site appears to have screwed up the file names.

My best guess here is that the MMS picture files are stored by Cingular with a numeric value, and the wrong alpha-numeric marker was then applied by the computer.

File name transpositions used to be common in the early days of the Web, about 12-15 years ago, and were usually caused by sloppy programming - over to you, Cingular, for an explanation...