If you’re looking for videos of the killer whale attack at SeaWorld, be aware you could get yourself a virus or even get yourself a Rickroll.

People are searching for video footage of the killer whale attack of Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld in San Diego, and finding themselves the target of Rickroll jokes, or even worse, viruses.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, spoke with Kansas City InfoZine about the situation:

It’s hard to believe that anyone would want to watch video footage of this horrible death, but it’s currently one of the very hottest search terms on the internet.  These poisoned pages can appear on the very first page of your search engine’s results, and if you visit the links you may see pop-up warnings telling you about security issues with your computer. These warnings are fake and designed to trick you into downloading dangerous software or handing over your credit card details.

This is not the first time such incidents have happened, and it is always best to be cautious when looking for a hotly sought after video such as this.  Always tread lightly with this sort of material, and make sure your anti-virus protection is up-to-date before you go looking.  (although in this particular case, we suggest you just don’t look for it because it’s nothing anyone needs to see.)

Categories: Scams, Security   
 

During this horrible time for the people of Haiti, it is easy to want to reach out and help the people impacted by this crisis. While this is a great thing, just make sure that the group you are donating to is a legitimate one.

As sad as it might be, scam artists take advantage of situations such as the one in Haiti to fill their own pockets.  Luckily several sites have gathered together the legitimate places where one can donate to aid in the relief of the victims.  The sites are:

Any resource listed on these pages is legitimate and 100% trustworthy.  Do NOT trust any charities that email you, run ads on sites, text you out of the blue and so on.  While some of them may be on the up and up, you can’t take the risk.  Please make sure that whomever you decide to donate through is who they say they are, and that the money is going where they claim it is.

Categories: News, Scams   
 
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