Janet Jackson music video declared a cybersecurity vulnerability

The music video for Janet Jackson’s 1989 pop hit Rhythm Nation has been recognized as a cybersecurity vulnerability after Microsoft reported it can crash old laptop computers.

“A colleague of mine shared a story from Windows XP product support,” wrote Microsoft blogger Raymond Chen.

The story detailed how “a major computer manufacturer discovered that playing the music video for Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation would crash certain models of laptops.”

Further investigation revealed that multiple manufacturers’ machines also crashed. Sometimes playing the video on one laptop would crash another nearby laptop. This is mysterious because the song isn’t actually that bad.

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Source: The Register