I wonder how many computers will be infected today, thanks alot FireFox 3

HACKEDToday is the incredible attempt by Mozilla.org to set a Guinness World Record for the most downloads in a 24 hour period. Today while I was Plurking (Plurk is a social site much like twitter for micro-blogging) a conversation started and I just had to write this post.

Conversation link: http://www.plurk.com/p/hmpq

See some people got the link to the FF3 download ahead of time and started

posting this on twitter, plurk, pownce, friendfeed, and other places on the net. This got me to thinking “What if phishing (phishing is an attempt to criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as user names, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity), and hacker websites decided to put a fake link out there? What kind of damage could they do on such a historic occasion?

4 quick ways people could exploit this day in history:

  • Today would have been the perfect day for the internet marketer to make a fake site and send out a fake link by email
    • ···The response would have been enormous everyone waiting on the FF3 link would have clicked
  • Web hosting companies could have directed tons of people to there landing page for new hosting accounts.
    • ···This would only work for those techies looking for hosting
  • Weight loss blogs, and companies that make weight loss products could have rode the mother load on this one.
    • ···Do you know how many people are over weight, the link alone saying how to lose 10 pounds in 2 days, would have prompted sign ups.
  • You can’t forget about Porn sites looking for more passengers on the boat of love would have found new subscribers.
    • ···One picture with the hottest girl of 2008 could have gained millions of hits and new subscribers
  • Hackers could have made a page that looks just like the FF3 landing page and redirected millions of people to sites that steal information, or install A Trojan horse.
    • …If you think your safe, your not everyone can get a Trojan horse if the hacker is well seasoned.

I could go on thinking of the perfect ways people could have gotten you to click on a fake link today just because you wanted to download FireFox 3. Since I kind of got your attention now I’m just gonna say this Please be careful today downloading FF3. You will see tons of links posted where you can download the latest FF3 but there is only one offical link and that is:



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3 Responses to “I wonder how many computers will be infected today, thanks alot FireFox 3”

  1. Todd says:

    You’re dumb. Your picture is misleading. Firefox 3 hasn’t been hacked. Horrible journalism, why not write an article explaining the risk of drowning while swimming in a pool.

  2. admin says:

    Todd I appreciate your comments.

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