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Erin Andrews Peephole Video Links on Internet Likely Contain Viruses

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Computer hackers inadvertently came to the rescue of ESPN sportscasting hottie Erin Andrews, scaring off would-be voyeurs from downloading a peeping Tom's video because of a threat of computer viruses.

Confession: We found this out on the Internet while searching for the video.

Not that we ever would have downloaded it (which might be illegal, anyway). But if we had, Web reports suggest the file could have been loaded with virus-type programs like Mal/EncPk-IF.

According to sites like Infoworld.com, some sites claim you can see the scandalous Andrews video by first downloading a video player. But if you do that, evil software will check to see if you're using a Mac or PC and customize an attack.

The actual video was removed from legit Web sites after Andrews threatened to sue.

Ironically, this is a case where the SOBs who write viruses and other malware actually look like good guys -- the potential of catching a computer bug has reportedly slowed the spread of the invasive video.

 

 

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