Caution, indeed, seems to be the operative word when it comes to “Lust, Caution”–a sexually graphic espionage movie set in World War II Shanghai. It has been receiving good reviews from around the world, winning the top award at the recent Venice Film Festival, and reaping millions of dollars despite the fact that its China release was cut short by director Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain”) himself in keeping with the Chinese censorship rules. News of Chinese moviegoers suing their film censor over the edited version also hit the media.
However, the “Lust, Caution” buzz does not stop there. Recently, a Chinese antivirus company has reported that hackers embedded viruses into a significant number of sites, which offers free downloads of the movie.
The censorship move may have just further fueled the attraction of downloading free copies from infected Web sites, especially those in China. With a host of Web sites offering free movie downloads, computer users are warned to be cautious in downloading as they might unwittingly compromise their machines. An engineer from the Rising International Software Co. Ltd. in China reportedly encountered the virus last week. He was left with a blank screen and his instant messaging password was stolen.
Malicious users are indeed striking where the iron is hot. As “Lust, Caution” blazes a steamy trail to success, these embedded viruses may continue to make rounds not only in China but in other countries as well. Users must try to resist the combined attraction of sex, espionage, and Ang Lee–especially because viruses are in the mix.