I was reading through some archives on mac security and came across an article detailing a trojan hidden in an mp3 file that surfaced 2004 and could affect mac operating systems. This got me wondering about the way such threats can be packaged across all platforms and then dragged this question from somewhere out of my paranoid subconscious: If an mp3 contained any kind of malware (trojan/virus, thinking cross platform here) and it could play music what would happen if it was burned as an audio cd and then ripped back to mp3 file? Would the malware remain intact and just take up residence in the newly ripped file or would it be destroyed? What if it were to be burned as an audio cd then ripped back into a different file format, flac, aac etc. Would the malware survive that? Converted from mp3 to a different file format, how about that? In fact, would it be possible to create an audio cd from an infected file without the burning software crashing before it was done? Any ideas, theories or experiences? This isn't a specific mac question, more of a general cross platform just kind of wonderin' if anyone else has thought of it question. I haven't got an infected mp3 file to try else I'd give it a go on my old windows pc to see what happens.