The giraffe riddle that has Facebook littered with giraffe pictures in place of profile photos is offering up some controversy today. New rumors on this riddle claim this seemingly harmless game is a virus. According to the International Business Times on Oct. 29, folks are now saying this giraffe riddle, however cute it may seem, is a dangerous virus entering your computer “once you change your default picture.”
Reports put the hacker group Anonymous responsible for this virus, claiming they designed the giraffe riddle virus to obtain your Facebook email and password when their default picture is changed. The IBT is citing posts on Facebook that claim some people are seeing this happen already.
The “post” also claims the giraffe riddle is a “cleansing virus” wiping out bank accounts and hard drives of Facebook users who have replaced their profile picture with a giraffe.
This giraffe riddle comes in on an email:
“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?”
Since you are going to cook your parents breakfast, the first thing you should open is the door to let them in, which seems too easy, but apparently the giraffe pictures indicate that some didn’t get it.
Quite frankly, if your parents show up at 3 a.m. for breakfast the first thing you should open is a Google search for “assisted living.” These folks definitely need looking after if they are wandering around looking for breakfast at that ungodly hour of the morning.
If you don’t answer the giraffe riddle correctly, you are asked to replace your Facebook profile picture with a giraffe for 3 days. Supposedly this is just a cute way of interacting with the Facebook community at a glance with these giraffe riddle pictures.
While the International Business Times urges the masses to change you picture back if you are sporting a giraffe for your profile picture, another website is basically saying the rumor of the giraffe riddle being a virus is nothing but hogwash. Softpedia claims that while something similar has been done before, this isn’t the case today.
Apparently this long-neck cute creature is making waves across Facebook today for a few reasons. Since there are no widespread complaints of a virus, the giraffe riddle seems to be as harmless as first thought.