The Threat of Giraffe Game Rumours Is Invalid: Facebook Account Hack is Not True

Wasn’t it fun how the Facebook Giraffe game riddle turned out initially? Turns out, as per some reports, the game was an experiment by Anonymous hacking group to hack Facebook user accounts. According to some Facebook posts, the attempt was a sort of cleansing program by the group Anonymous to erase bank accounts and disk drives of Facebook users that have Giraffe profile pictures. This concern does not have any strong base though. As many of the latest reports say, the attempt to hack user accounts was nothing but a hoax.

www.thatsnonsense.com blog suggested that altering of the Facebook profile picture to the Giraffe image would not provide access to the user’s password. Another website, www.urbanlegends.com mentioned that it would be completely illogical that the group Anonymous would even try hacking common user Facebook accounts. The group Anonymous has been known for targeting high profile websites such as those of Governments and big conglomerates.

Earlier, SANS’ Internet Storm Center chairman mentioned this activity has been done in the past with HTML codes, but never with JPEG extension. In the end, this seemed like one of those common online pranks on social networking sites. www.Snopes.com mentioned that the game was real fun, and none of the JPEG virus rumours were true. So if the user did change the profile picture to the Giraffe photograph, rest assured there is no danger associated. The Facebook accounts of users are completely safe and secure… Read the rest

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The Curious Case of Giraffe Riddle Hoax Going Viral On Facebook: Profile Pictures All Over The Social Site

Giraffe Profile Pictures All Over Facebook Thanks To The Riddle Game; What Is The Final Answer To The Riddle?Funny that many Facebook users started changing their profile pictures to photographs of a Giraffe. This was a new collective game activity on the social networking site. It was a sort of a quiz that attracted the attentions of many Facebook users. Answer the riddle, or change the profile picture to a Giraffe photograph for the next three days, was the catch in the game.

Some people felt it was stupidly childish, as users could just go and Google for the answer, nevertheless it was fun.Note that this was not the first time the “change your profile picture if you get the answer wrong” went viral. Towards the end of the year 2010, cartoon profile pictures were seen all over Facebook.

What was the riddle? “3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors. It’s your parents and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?” Thousands of Facebook users got it wrong, and as per the rules of the game, had to change their profile pictures. The answer: Well, eyes correct. Not “door” as a large chunk of people mentioned. It was a trick question indeed, and that is how Giraffe imagery spread all over Facebook.… Read the rest

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