Some hidden surprises are great – like a note on the fridge with a kind message. Some surprises are less great though, some are even unwelcome. No one likes a "bad egg", so what happens if a surprise threatens your whole digital world?
Presents, surprises and hidden treasures are always welcome! But what happens if you get a present that ruins your entire digital existence?
Can you handle the Easter Eggs?
Unfortunately, some eggs are bad from the start. A while ago, just in time for easter, a very convincing phishing message involving chocolate eggs managed to trick people into handing over their bank details. The so called “Cadbury chocolate Easter egg scam” originated on Whatsapp, and promised a free easter chocolate basket, all you had to do was to click on the link.
This lucrative scam is now believed to be coming from Russia, and Cadbury UK confirms on Twitter that the circulating post is not generated by them. Approaching easter and spring, it’s an ideal time for hackers to attack computers. It’s not uncommon to experience an increase in doubtful messages from scammers around holidays, trying to get their hands on personal information.
Unfortunately, some eggs are bad from the start. A while ago, just in time for easter, a very convincing phishing message involving chocolate eggs managed to trick people into handing over their bank details.
Not all eggs are bad!
Not all eggs are bad though! There are other kinds of Easter eggs, and not the kind that you can eat, painted in bright colors, made out of sweet chocolate or filled with candy. The kind we have in mind keeps the hunt going, even after the egg’s been found, leaving the hunter “hungry” for more secreats! These Easter eggs occur in the software industry and are a kind of surprise hidden in, for example, a computer program or computer game and usually consists of a text or a primitive game. Some of the most famous ones originates in the computer world as hidden features. But also in the movie industry Easter eggs are a thing, where they work as hidden references, inside jokes or clues to the plot’s development, subtly incorporated into the on-screen action.
Then there are the other kind of Easter eggs, the kind that keeps the hunt going, even after the egg’s been found, leaving the hunter “hungry” for more secreats!
Throughout the years some Easter eggs are more memorable than others:
To sum this up: stay safe this easter, choose your eggs carefully and only crack open the ones you’re really sure of. Leave the bad eggs to be forgotten and fall into oblivion.
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