Before you download or view your next video about Erin Andrews, find out what it can do to your computer.
Who is Erin Andrews?
Certainly Erin Andrews, the ESPN sports reporter, had some fans. But many even devoted sports fans couldn’t put together a name with the face until the news broke that there was a video of Erin Andrews naked, taken through a peephole, floating around the web.
Wait! Don’t Get Infected
Before you are tempted to go Google “Erin Andrews naked peephole video,” beware.
Curiosity may have killed a lot of cats but it has also killed a lot of computers.
Internet scammers pay attention to hot Google trends to set up web sites that may appear to be legit but will leave you with a computer virus. It’s like a one nightstand with someone you didn’t know at all. You could leave with a virus.
“Hackers are no slacks when it comes to taking advantage of a hot internet search trend, and they have been quick to set up bogus WebPages claiming to contain the video footage of Ms Andrews in her hotel room,” said Graham Cluley of Sophos.
The video has been removed from YouTube. “Erin Andrew peephole video” searchers are more likely to be infected with malware than to actually see the video.
How do these malware scams work?
First scammers bait internet searchers with a hot topic like Erin Andrews. Pages may even appear to look like a page from a legit site like CNN. Then it may say something like LIVE VIDEO PLAYER BLOCKED.
So what is a curious and disappointed web user to do to view the video? “To view your video, please launch the LIVE VIDEO PLAYER below.”- gotcha! You’ve just downloaded malicious malware.
Apple Mac and Windows users have both been infected by these viruses so beware where you click. Yes, there are an infinitesimal amount of Mac infections compared to Windows but that doesn’t mean that owners of the new Mac Notebooks should feel immune. There have been cases of Mac malware in which viewers are promised pornographic photos if they install an ActiveX component. In fact, the viewers are rewarding with a Trojan horse and have turned over control of their computer to hacker.
The Erin Andrews Peephole Video that’s Just Not Worth It:
The video appears to have been taken with some sort of spy cam through a hotel room peephole.. It has been speculated that the video was either taken in Alabama or Portland. The video appears to have first been published on Dailymotion.com by a username Goblazers1. Lawyers for Erin Andrews threatened to prosecute any one linking to or showing the video which of just increased the search for the video and made it a computer hacker hot button.
It is such an obvious invasion of privacy that even TMZ declared no intention of purchasing or publishing it.
Reportedly the video was both grainy and mundane, showing Andrews doing her hair and talking on the phone. It’s not worth a computer virus folks. The attention of the Erin Andrews peephole may help you out in the long it if brings you the message about avoiding bogus sites that just want to crash your computer or steal your identity.