I was reading the news regarding the recent death of Dawn Brancheau, the killer-whale trainer from Orlando and came across an interesting article discussing the live footage of the attack that is going to be released online. Regardless of the fact that just seems completely heartless and inappropriate (similar to the Steve Irwin sting ray attack video that was banned from being shared) it also shed light on the door it opens to online virus attacks.
The article shed light on the increased interest in finding that footage and how it opens the door to online hackers who use this opportunity to spread viruses through videos that are actively being downloaded and searched for.
I have a few questions regarding this.. first of all, do you think that it is right to post the video online? What good is coming out of that or what do you think is the purpose of doing that, besides public interest. Do you think that the amount of harm such footage could cause to her family and friends outweighs any reason to post it on there? And to play the other side, do you think that the public has the right to see it to make them aware of the harm this animal can cause? (because the name KILLER whale is indicating enough)
And as far as the viruses that this enables people to be vulnerable to do you think there are any other ways of helping secure people’s computer safety other than the tips this article lists. And as an online user do you think people exposed to the virus have the duty to inform other users to help prevent future harm?