Fooling people on the Internet is far from a difficult feat, but Web magicians are finding creative ways to make us question our own skepticism. Take YouTube user BITcrash44's concept video that shows him hacking video screens in Times Square.
Ep. 777: Where ten bucks says it's a hoax
This guy supposedly fashioned a broadcast device that pulls video data from the headphone jack in an iPhone and can hijack any feed in the process. The accompanying video makes creative use of After Effects, but real techies should be able to spot the discrepancies--even still, without dissecting it to death like everyone else has online, can we at least appreciate the humor and ingenuity in this project? Well done BITcrash44!
Unfortunately, not everyone uses the Internet in jest like our buddy BITcrash44--some people use it to exploit the philanthropy of innocent people who just want to donate money to charities in Japan to assist the relief effort. Be careful if you receive an e-mail that claims to be from the British Red Cross using the subject line "Japan Tsunami Appeal | British Red Cross"; it's a charity scam.
You should also keep a lookout for traps hidden within your Facebook news feed. It's despicable, but some lowlife scammers are using the earthquake to trick people into clicking on a fake video showing a whale being launched into a building in Japan.
If you made the mistake of clicking on the link, you can mitigate the "hack" by removing any irrelevant posts from your own profile in Facebook with the "X" that appears in the right corner of every post.
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