Some had never heard of ESPN reporter turned “Dancing With The Stars” contestantÂ Erin Andrews until she issued the statement in July 2009 that it was indeed her that was naked in that blurry peephole video making the rounds on the internet and that she would do everything within her power to see the person or persons responsible caught and prosecuted.Â Three months and a weeks of scandal later, everyone had heard of Erin Andrews and Michael Barrett was arrested in Chicago for making the illegalÂ peephole video, which consisted of several short films spliced togetherÂ from at least half a dozen thatÂ wereÂ takenÂ in various hotels.Â In the meantime and afterward (and even before Erin Andrews went public), the internet burned with people trying to find the beautiful blonde’s naked peephole video.Â Some did, but many were finding the links purporting to give access to the Erin Andrews peephole video leading them to sites that heldÂ various malware, sites selling products, and sitesÂ that infected computers with viruses.
Sophos.com reported in August that many were taking advantage of the popularity of the search for theÂ Erin Andrews peephole video and the desire to see the ESPN reporter naked.Â They were using itÂ to drive traffic to their sites.Â Some simply inconvenienced the user, taking them to sites selling products or to articles or videos that that the link creator wanted viewed.Â Some led the user to sites where their computer would be infected with spyware of various sorts.Â Although a bit sneaky and annoying, these linksÂ amounted toÂ simply being aggravating.Â But then there were the linksÂ promising a naked Erin Andrews as seenÂ on the elusiveÂ peephole video thatÂ led to sites that infected the users’ computer with viruses that shutÂ said computersÂ down or caused any number of problems within a computer’s software.Â
So instead of seeing Erin Andrews naked, the user more often as not ended up with a poorly operating computer or one that no longer operated at all.
When Michael Barrett was sentenced to 30 months in prison for interstate stalking in March, a renewed interest in Erin Andrews and the peephole video prompted Sophos.com to again warn users that clicking on links that supposedly led to the video might access a virus instead, one that could possibly crash one’s computer orÂ eliminate files, costing considerable time, inconvenience, and — in worst cases — money to rectify and/or replace.Â
And then the ESPN sideline reporter was named to the Season 10 line-up of “Dancing With The Stars.”
With Erin Andrews starring as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” there seems to be constant internet searches for the peephole video.Â And the warning must be given: Â Those that undertake accessing links looking for the popularÂ ESPN reporter naked might instead catch a computer virus.Â Â And the question must be asked: Is seeing the Erin Andrews peephole video worth the loss of irreplaceable files or theÂ purchase of a new computer?