The Erin Andrews peephole video internet sensation not only continues to grow, but it has been linked to various viruses as well. Sophos.com reported Monday that hackers have taken advantage of the wild popularity of ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews and her peephole video links, hooking the users up to viruses once the webpages are accessed by the curious.
No doubt they will dub it the “Erin Andrews peephole video virus,” or some such. And who knew that just looking could cause such harm…
Graham Cluley, a representative of Sophos, was quoted in USA Today: “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.”
Some might think this a bit of justice, considering that Erin Andrews was filmed naked in her hotel room through a peephole without her knowledge or her consent. Adding insult to injury, the peephole video was uploaded to the internet, sparking a lively debate as to the true identity of the attractive blonde. Those who were certain it was Erin Andrews won the day when the sidelines sportscaster released a statement through her lawyers that the subject of the peephole video was indeed her, was taken without her knowledge or consent, and would be investigated — with the further promise of prosecution for the perpetrators. Erin Andrews finished her statement with an appeal for people to respect her privacy, which, if taken to its logical conclusion, meant that she would appreciate people not viewing her without her consent.
Which did nothing to slow down the searching for the Erin Andrews peephole video. Many of the websites that the video first appeared on, like YouTube, soon blocked access to it, but downloaded copies were soon uploaded back onto the internet. Erin Andrews peephole video soon became the hook to pull traffic to websites, a misleading type of scam to generate traffic to a website in the hope that the user would then be attracted to whatever the original poster wanted them to notice (like a product for sale). And along with the minor scam artists’ links, enterprising hackers soon took advantage of the traffic as well, linking the user to a virus…
So, in the latest twist in the search for a naked Erin Andrews, the sportscaster — or at least the peephole video of Erin Andrews — has unknowingly and without consent become the person (on the internet) that everyone has been warned about — seductive and superficial and not at all good for you. But if one insists on hooking up (clicking the link) with her (peephole video), at least one should make certain that protection (antivirus protection) is used — just to be safe.