Seen a giraffe picture lately? You've probably seen plenty of them on Facebook right? And you probably know by now that these giraffe pictures are the "dunce cap" of the social media site at the moment. Basically, someone sends you a riddle... if you get the riddle wrong, you are supposed to change your profile photo to a picture of a giraffe for three days. However, on Oct. 29, The Inquisitr reported that this "game"could be a virus breeding ground.
"Virus makes aren’t stupid nor are they afraid to exploit a trend by creating a giraffe riddle virus. Newer Facebook posts about the giraffe riddle meme could contain external links leading to websites which serve up malware and viruses to your desktop or smartphone (sic)," The Inquisitr reports.
Downloading a giraffe picture off of the internet could become a major problem. What The Inquisitr points out is that people who create viruses and malware could embed nasty things along with some photos that will end up on your computer or smartphone if you download that particular photo off the web. So far, there have not been any reports of people getting a computer virus from this game.
The giraffe riddle, for those that don't know, reads as follows: ""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?"
If a giraffe picture needs to be downloaded because you answered the giraffe riddle wrong, just be careful and know that there could be consequences. Oh, and you might as well choose a super-cute giraffe photo if you must.
© Effie Orfanides 2013