Bad Guys Strike Again

Last night, we’re relaxing after a hectic weekend and watching a little television.  It’s a fight over the remote to watch the Bears/Packers football game and the Canadian Country Music Association‘s awards show from Vancouver.  So, we’re flipping back and forth, oblivious that there would be anything else of interest on the television.

I had Twitter open and noticed that Taylor Swift was a trending topic which I thought was odd as she’s not Canadian and not scheduled to perform at the CCMA.  It was only later when I checked into this that I found out what happened at th VMAs with Kanye West.

Embedded video from CNN Video

So, the bad guys bit?

Well, if you followed the trending topics, it shot you over to the search function on Twitter where people were commenting on what they had just seen.  Amidst the heart felt opinions about the event, the bad guys were at work.  Immediately, dummy accounts were created to phishing sites.  People selling stuff were including the #TaylorSwift tag to draw people to their web presence.

If you’re an internet novice, what are you going to do?  Yes, there will be those with unprotected computers that might end up in problems.

The postings continue into this morning.  In the time that it’s taken to create this entry, over 3000 tweets have queued up with the trending topic of “Taylor Swift”.  Related to this are the trends “VMAs”, “Beyonce”, “#teamtaylor”, and “MTV”.  Hopefully, the management of Twitter will apply their new Terms of Service and get things back to normal.

In the meantime, hopefully those searching for video of the moment will also see the high class move that Beyonce made inviting Ms. Swift onto the stage upon the receipt of her award to share in the moment.  Why can’t moments like that be the highlight of the event?  There’s something that you can be proud of.

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