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  • 08/28/14--11:42: INSA
  • About

    INSA is a British street artist and designer best known for producing “GIF-iti,” a series of animated GIFs that reveal the progression of his graffiti paintings in time lapse sequence.

    Online History

    On July 1st, 2005, INSA created the blog Insaland,[6] highlighting notable examples of his work. On July 8th, 2008, a video featuring 35 of INSA’s street paintings made for the IAM1 Journey Nike Sportswear project was uploaded to Vimeo (shown below, left). On June 6th, 2010, Vimeo user Recoat uploaded an time lapse animation of INSA painting a mural outside a warehouse in London (shown below, right).



    On June 18th, INSA posted the video to his blog, along with a GIF featuring an animation of a mural painted on a wall in Brussels, Belgium (shown below).



    On May 10th, 2013, INSA launched the GIF-iti Tumblr[3] blog, highlighting animated GIFs using photographs of his street art. On May 7th, 2014, INSA posted[4] an animation of a mural titled “C’est La Vie” he completed at the Kubuneh village in Gambia as part of the Wide Open Walls Project.[5]



    On May 14th, INSA’s work was featured on the art and design blog Designboom.[1] On May 23rd, several of INSA’s animated GIFs were highlighted on the art news website Beautiful Decay.[2] On June 17th, 2014, a time lapse video of INSA and street artist Madsteez painting a mural titled “The Worlds Largest GIFI-ITI” on a wall in Taipei, Taiwan was uploaded to Vimeo (shown below).



    Notable GIFs



    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Designboom – Insa animated grafitti gifs

    [2]Beautiful Decay – Street Artist INSA Animated Graffiti GIfs

    [3]Tumblr – Gif-iti

    [4]Tumblr – Gif-iti

    [5]Facebook – Wide Open Walls

    [6]Insaland – Insaland


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  • 08/28/14--12:12: Brandjacking
  • About

    Brandjacking is the act of sabotaging a commercial or political social media campaign by re-appropriating the message out of its original context or objective. While this practice shares some common elements with threadjacking, brandjacking can be distinguished by its anti-commercial and subversive nature, as it is most often used in cases of online vigilantism or boycott campaigns.

    Origin

    The term “brandjacking,” a portmanteau that consists of “branding” and “hijacking,” was coined by the U.S. brand protection software company MarkMonitor for its product BrandJacking Index®, a quarterly report that measures the effect of online threats to branded entities. The word made its first appearance in print in a Business Week article titled “Brandjacking on the Web,” published on May 1st, 2007.

    Threadjacking

    Brandjacking is similar in concept to the longer-running practice of threadjacking, or making a deliberate attempt at steering a forum discussion thread away from the original topic by bringing up an irrelevant topic, usually one that is more provocative.

    Spread

    Throughout the late 2000s, the term continued to gain momentum mainly through its increased usage in the context of marketing strategies and public relations, though by early 2010, several different “brandjacking” tactics had become embraced as popular tactic s for ad-hoc protests and boycott campaigns by 4chan pranksters, hacktivists and political activists in the social media.

    Notable Examples

    Poll Rigging

    Send Justin Bieber to North Korea

    Justin Bieber to North Korea is an Internet prank orchestrated by users of the imageboard 4chan in June 2010, which aimed to rig an online poll to select North Korea as a destination in Justin Bieber’s “My World” tour.

    #IWantRepeal

    On June 7th, 2012, with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s health care law less than a month away, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) unveiled a social media campaign using the hashtag #IWantRepeal. At first, the hashtag campaign against the healthcare bill seemed to be taking off with valid signatures, but shortly after its launch, the political news blog Wonkette published an article titled “Everyone Must Spam GOP’s Anti-Healthcare Reform Livestream Thing Immediately,” which apparently inspired its readers to visit the NRCC’s blog and spam the printer with irreverent signatures. Soon enough, the petition came under the invasion of trolls who sought to derail its message by submitting fake signatures, which were then printed onto the paper and streamed in real time.

    #ExilePitBull

    #ExilePitbull is an online petition launched in July 2012 with a mission to send rapper Pitbull to the small town of Kodiak, Alaska, as part of his promotional campaign for the Sheets energy strips in which he pledged to visit and perform at any Walmart store that received the most votes in an online poll.

    Dub The Dew

    Dub the Dew was an online contest to name a new green apple-infused Mountain Dew drink on the website DubTheDew.com. In August 2012, the contest was raided by 4chan users who flooded the poll with joke names and subsequently hacked the website’s front page.

    Operation Kinder

    Operation Kinder was a prank orchestrated by members of 4chan who encouraged other posters to vote for a child model nicknamed “Victor” in an online contest launched by the Italian confectionery company in November 2012 to choose an image of a child model to be displayed on the boxes of Kinder chocolate bars in Kazakhstan.

    Taylor Swift’s Biggest Fan Contest

    Taylor Swift’s Biggest Fan Contest was an online voting contest by the Boston radio station Kiss 108 FM giving away a chance to meet the American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. In July of 2013, the contest became the target of an online raid by users of the imageboard 4chan.

    Cybersquatting

    @Qwikster

    When Netflix announced it was splitting their company and renaming the DVD service to Qwikster, they neglected to notice that the Twitter handle was already in use. As a result, hundreds of Twitter users began following @Qwikster, unaware that it was the personal account of Jason Castillo and not affiliated with Netflix. Though Jason Castillo had not updated his Twitter since August 16th, 2011, he logged in again on September 19th, 2011. In a tweet that has since been deleted, he announced he had over 3120 followers and had received three offers to buy his handle. His avatar was originally a caricature of Elmo smoking, but Castillo has since changed it to a stylized Barcelona Football Club logo. Over the next day, he made several tweets referencing Netflix and selling his account but by the afternoon of September 20th, 2011, they had all been deleted.

    WHMCS

    On May 21st, 2012, members of UGNazi impersonated British billing company WHMCS’ creator and lead developer Matt Pugh to obtain access codes to the company’s servers, which they used to temporarily take the site offline, delete important data and hijack the company’s Twitter account.

    Westboro Baptist Church Facebook Page

    On April 17th, 2013, Redditor grink submitted a post titled “Westboro Baptist Church’s Facebook Page Hacked by Anonymous” to the /r/funny subreddit, featuring screenshots of a Facebook page titled “Westboro Baptist Church” with a logo associated with the hacker group Anonymous. In the first three months, the post gained over 5,700 up votes and 250 comments.

    Hashtag Hijacking

    #McDStories

    #McDStories was a promotional Twitter hashtag created by fast food chain restaurant McDonalds in mid-January 2012. McDonalds hoped that users would use the hashtag to share fond memories but consisted mostly of criticism and general negativity.

    #AskJPM

    #AskJPM was a promotional hashtag launched by the American multinational banking company J. P. Morgan to provide college students an opportunity to communicate directly with a senior executive in November 2013. However, upon its launch, the hashtag was immediately hijacked by Twitter users criticizing and mocking the company for its alleged unethical business practices.

    #PotToBlame

    #PotToBlame is a Twitter hashtag started by television personality Nancy Grace in a series of tweets vilifying the use of marijuana as a recreational drug. Upon its introduction in April 2014, days before the annual celebration of cannabis culture on April 20th, the hashtag was promptly hijacked by marijuana enthusiasts on Reddit and turned into a catchall term for sharing positive stories and inspirational messages.

    #MyNYPD

    #MYNYPD is a hashtag campaign launched by the New York Police Department in April 2014 as a community outreach program on Twitter. While intended as a feel-good social media event to boost the image of the NYPD, the hashtag stream quickly became flooed with photographs of its uniformed officers resorting to violence.

    #WhyImVotingUKIP

    #WhyImVotingUkip is a Twitter hashtag launched by the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), a rising right-wing political party described by some as the British counterpart of the United States Tea Party, that was subsequently hijacked by the critics in May 2014.

    #AskThicke

    #AskThicke is a hashtag introduced by VH1 in order to solicit questions for a Q&A session with singer Robin Thicke. Upon its launch in mid-June 2014, it was quickly overtaken by Twitter users mocking and criticizing Thicke and his most popular song “Blurred Lines.”

    #IfIWereABoy

    #IfIWereABoy is a hashtag sign holding in which women reveal things they would do if they were of the male gender. Introduced by the pop culture blog Elite Daily in August 2014, what began as a discussion of gender roles was subsequently derailed into a campaign against male circumcision.

    Parody Products

    PETA’s Pokemon Black & Blue

    Pokémon Black and Blue is a Pokémon parody videogame released by the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in order to protest animal cruelty. The campaign asserts that the game highlights mistreatment and exploitation of the creatures by keeping them in Pokeballs, comparing it to how circuses keep elephants chained up except when performing.

    Let’s Go Arctic!

    Let’s Go! Arctic is a mock advertising campaign created by Greenpeace and The Yes Men in June 2012. The hoax consisted of an elaborately staged gaffe at a fake event arranged on behalf of Shell Oil Company, a mock website purported as the company’s social media hubsite and a fake press release alleging that Shell’s lawyers are considering legal actions against the involved parties.

    Dumb Starbucks

    Dumb Starbucks is the name of a coffee shop that opened in Los Feliz, California as a parody of the American global coffeehouse chain Starbucks. Upon its opening in February 2014, the store gained much notoriety online after photographs of the storefront began circulating on various social media sites.

    LEGO: Everything Is NOT Awesome

    On July 8th, 2014, Greenpeace uploaded a YouTube video titled “LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome” which featured a model of the arctic built with LEGOs. As oil, which came from Shell oil company, began to cover the model the Lego Movie song “Everything Is Awesome” played in a minor, and thus somber key. The video called for those watching to encourage LEGO to end its partnership with Shell. The video was covered by many websites including The Guardian and Forbes. In less than a week the video gained over 3.1 million views.

    Search Interest

    [not yet available]

    External References


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  • 08/28/14--14:18: Undercover Colors
  • About

    Undercover Colors is a brand of nail polish that changes its color upon coming into contact with any liquid containing incapacitating agents, such as rohypnol, xanax and GHB, or more commonly known as “date rape drugs.” Invented by a group of male students at North Carolina State University in early 2014, the nail polish has received mixed reception in the blogosphere, with some praising the company’s efforts at preventing sexual assault on campus, while others criticized the product as an ineffective solution to combating rape culture that places the burden of safety on women.

    Origin

    In early 2014, the company Undercover Colors was founded by North Carolina State University undergraduates Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan and Tasso Von Windheim. On January 16th, the domain for the company’s official website UndercoverColors.com[4] was registered, containing links to the company’s social media feeds and a donation page.



    Spread

    On April 15th, the Undercover Colors Facebook[1] page was launched to provide updates and news related to the anti-rape nail polish product. On August 22nd, The Daily Mail reported on On August 24th, the women’s interest blog Jezebel[2] published an article about the nail polish. On August 26th, the pop culture blog Animal New York[6] published an article titled “Date Rape Drug-Detecting Nail Polish Won’t Work,” which speculated that the nail polish would have limited accuracy. On August 26th, political reporter Andrea Grimes[7] posted a tweet joking that it would be difficult to make men wear rape prevention nail polish, which gained over 8,100 favorites and 8,000 retweets in the first 48 hours (shown below).



    The same day, Redditor atrain444 posted a sarcastic reaction image macro titled “How the guys who invented a date-rape drug detecting nail polish feel after being attacked by feminists for promoting rape culture” (shown below). In two days, the post gathered more than 3,600 votes (92% upvoted) on the /r/AdviceAnimals[8] subreddit.



    On August 27th, The Huffington Post[3] published an article criticizing products like Undercover Colors, claiming they “perpetuate rape culture.” The same day, Time[5] published an op-ed blog post writer Soraya Chemaly, which argued that the anti-rape nail polish placed responsibility on women for avoiding rape.

    Search Interest

    External References


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    This video has X views but there’s only Y people in the world?! Hacks?!. This meme is a popular fad in Pewd’s videos. Also, this meme’s origin started on YouTube when the popular YouTuber, PewDiePie, uploaded a video on hate comments set for spam titled: MEANCOMMENTS.

    The video – which currently has 13,500,000+ views – had one comment posted (possibly as a troll) from a person by the name of “robert” Saying, “How can pewdiepie have 26 million subscribers while there are only 7-8 million people on earth?? fake accunts..?”. Skip to 4:09 on the video below to see the moment.
    This gained popularity..as of course Pewds is pretty popular. This lead to others commenting on Pewd’s videos saying things like, “How can there be 301 views when there’s only 67 ppl on Earth??! Illuminati?!”

    However, it hasn’t just spread to PewDiePie’s videos, but others as well.


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    About

    Rin’s Stripper Dance refers to a series of parody GIFs and videos based on a dance performed by the character Rin Matsuoka in the ending song to the second season of the anime Free!. Following the premiere of the second season in July 2014, the dance became known as one of the more memorable scenes from the ending sequence, spawning a number of derivative animated GIFs.

    Origin

    The original dance scene stems from Free! Eternal Summer[1], the second season to the high school sports anime series Free! created by Kyoto Animation, which ran for 13 episodes starting on July 4th, 2014. In this ending theme, titled Future Fish (shown below), one of the show’s main characters Rin Matsuoka is seen dancing suggestively while dressed up as a police officer.



    Precursor

    Prior to the emergence of Rin’s Stripper Dance parodies, another dancing scene from the ending theme to the pilot season of Free! had also inspired numerous parody videos and fan art illustrations on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) in 2013.

    Spread

    On July 4th, 2014, the same day as the airing of the season premiere, Tumblr user kokonoehhh[2] posted a parody image of the dance[3] (shown below, left) featuring Eren Jaeger of Attack on Titan performing the dance, which garnered over 23,000 notes as of August 29. On July 5th, a number of other parodies centered around Rin’s dancing scene emerged online, including Twitter user 138@銀魂に踊り狂うRPG’s[4] version featuring the character Gintoki Sakata from the anime series Gintama (featured below, right), which received over 200 retweets and over 500 favorites.[5]



    Various Examples



    External References


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  • 08/29/14--08:19: Trivago Guy
  • About

    Trivago commericals refers to a series of commercials which air in Canada and in the united states, Particually on the sports channel TSN in Canada.

    Origin

    Jay and Dan Canadian celebrities and sports casters from Canada commented on the disheveled look of the spokesperson on their popular podcast the Jay and Dan podcast. this spawned a twitter storm of comments. Trivago guy is Tim Williams and he lives in Berlin.

    http://www.570news.com/2014/08/28/everybodys-talking-about-trivago-guy/

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/life-video/video-whats-the-deal-with-the-trivago-guy-he-tells-us-his-story/article20196051/

    http://mashable.com/2014/08/13/trivago-guy/

    http://ca.askmen.com/news/entertainment/the-trivago-guy.html

    Spread

    People love to comment how he looks like he had too much to drink the night before, hasn’t shaved, isn’t wearing a belt, shirt buttons open at the top, needs a haircut, very relaxed delivery.

    Trivago has embraced the meme and released a trivago guy makeover contest.

    https://www.facebook.com/trivago/app_451684954848385

    http://www.tim-williams.eu/

    Search Interest


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  • 08/29/14--11:20: Winter the Lamb
  • About

    Winter the Lamb is the name of a baby sheep that lives on a small hobby farm with Shannen Hussein in Melbourne, Australia. In late August 2014, the lamb gained internet fame after several video clips of him hopping around went viral on Vine.

    Origin

    On August 25th, Vine user Shannen Hussein[1] uploaded a video clip of Winter bouncing down the hallway towards her in a house, which garnered nearly 700,000 views, 16,000 likes and over 560 likes over the course of four days.



    Spread

    Following the viral takeoff of the first Vine clip of Winter, Shannen continued to share additional video clips of the lamb bouncing around the hallway and outdoor fields, including a second take of Winter’s hallway hopping, which has garnered more than 10 million views, 138,000 likes and nearly 10,000 shares in just under 72 hours.



    On August 27th, Redditor ekidwell submitted the same vine to /r/videos[6], where it garnered more than 1,900 points (98% upvotes) over the course of 24 hours. The following day, the Vine clips of Winter the Lamb were featured on several internet humor and viral content sites, including Cheezburger[9], SomeeCards[3], eBaumsworld]8], Huffington Post[4], Jezebel[2] and The Daily Dot.[7]

    Notable Examples

    [coming soon]

    External References


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  • 08/29/14--11:25: Swatting
  • About

    Swatting is a social engineering practice which involves falsely reporting incidents to emergency services in order to deploy various police units to a location. The hoaxes have been criticized for wasting tax payer dollars and preventing emergency services from appearing where they are needed.

    Origin

    On December 18th, 2007, Urban Dictionary[1] user neoeon submitted an entry for “swatting,” defining the practice as calling 9-1-1 to send a SWAT team to an “unsuspecting victim’s home under false pretenses.”



    Spread

    On February 4th, 2008, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published an article titled “Don’t Make the Call: The New Phenomenon of ‘Swatting’”, which described the practice and listed several prosecutions against suspected swatters.[2] In May, Massachusetts resident Matthew Weigman (a.k.a. “Little Hacker”) was arrested for being involved in a “swatting conspiracy.” In January 2009, Weigman pled guilty and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.[3] On November 19th, 2010, the emergency communications blog 9-1-1 Magazine[5] published an article warning about the threat of “telephone swatting.” On September 10th, 2011, the gaming news blog Kotaku[4] reported that a police unit had been sent to an Xbox Live moderator’s house in Washington by gamers seeking revenge. On December 18th, 2012, CNN[6] reported that a suspect had been arrested for making false calls to emergency services against actor Ashton Kutcher and pop star Justin Bieber. On September 10th, 2013, NBC News[7] reported that a bill increasing penalties for swatting pranks was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. On June 5th, 2014, Vice released a documentary on swatting (shown below).



    Kootra Swatted

    On August 27th, 2014, an online Counterstrike match livestreamed on Twitch by YouTube gamer Jordan Matthewson (a.k.a. Kootra) was raided by SWAT officers in Littleton, Colorado after a 911 caller claimed a man had shot several coworkers in the Creatures LLC office building he was playing in. That day, YouTuber Amund Johnsen uploaded a recording of the incident, which gathered upwards of 2.3 million views and 9,800 comments in the next 48 hours.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/29/14--12:58: Bye Felicia
  • About

    “Bye Felicia” is a memorable quote from the 1995 comedy film Friday which is often used online as a dismissive farewell.

    Origin

    On April 26th, 1995, the comedy film Friday was released, starring the characters Craig Jones (played by Ice Cube) and Smokey (played by Chris Tucker) as a pair of unemployed stoners who must find a way to pay a drug dealer $200 within 24 hours. In the film, a character named Felicia attempts to borrow a car and a marijuana cigarette from Smokey and Jones, causing Jones to say “Bye Felicia.” On March 11th, 2007, YouTuber HyFlyer988 uploaded a clip of the scene, gathering over 870,000 views and 290 comments in the first eight years.



    Felicia: Let me borrow a joint.
    Smokey:You need to borrow a job with your broke ass. Always trying to smoke up somebody’s shit. Get the hell on Felicia.
    Felicia: I’m gonna remember that.
    Smokey: Remember it. Write it down. Take a picture. I don’t give a fuck!
    Felicia:Craig?
    Craig Jones: ‘Bye, Felisha.
    Felicia: Damn. Y’all stingy.

    Spread

    On December 7th, 2008, Urban Dictionary[1] user pimpin’817 submitted an entry for “bye felicia,” describing the phrase as a way to bid farewell to someone who is deemed unimportant. On October 27th, 2011, YouTuber Mamclol uploaded a video titled “Bye Felicia,” featuring the clip from Friday with an accompanying hip hop track about the character.



    On January 14th, 2014, Redditor ArsenalZT asked why “bye Felicia” became popular in a post on the /r/OutOfTheLoop[2] subreddit. On August 4th, the phrase was discussed by guest Nicole Richie and host Ryan Seacrest during the radio talk show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” (shown below).



    In April 2014, American makeup artist and model Jeffree Star posted dismissive tweets accompanied by the hashtag “#byefelicia” (shown below).[4][5] On June 18th, BuzzFeed[3] published a listicle titled "22 Alternative Names to say “Bye” to Instead of Felicia." According to the Twitter analytics site Topsy,[6] the hashtag #ByeFelicia was tweeted over 35,000 times during the month of August.



    Search Interest

    External References


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  • 08/30/14--02:26: Gun barrel parodies
  • Entry is a work in progress, please apply for editorship if you want to help


    The gun barrel scene in Dr. No

    About

    Gun barrel parodies is a opening sequence in the James Bond 1962 film Dr. No that it become so popular the other popular culture that it been used as a intro parody.

    History

    The sequence is made to Maurice Binder, a famous title designer who created the opening titles for 14 007 films. The look of the sequence was achieved with a pin hole camera shooting through a real gun barrel.

    In every of the sequence, the gun barrel is pointing at James Bond to shoot but James is shoot at the gunman (use with the blood spilling) and then the gunman was getting dizzy (that means that the gunman is died) and then the film begins.

    Spread

    In every of the Media it use the Gun barrel sequence in Movies or TV shows (Example My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, The Simpsons and others.)


    The episodes names in the media
    Left: MMMystery on the Friendship Express Meddle: And Maggie Makes Three Right: Dear Consumer

    Search Interest




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  • 08/30/14--10:13: CryptoLocker
  • About

    CryptoLocker was a ransomware trojan virus which targeted computers running Microsoft Windows and was first observed by Dell SecureWorks in September 2013[1].

    Origin

    Cryptolocker builds up on the successes of ransomware in the recent years, though this ransomware type is not new. One of the earliest pieces of malware that was written specifically to make money, rather than simply to illustrate a point, was the AIDS Information Trojan of 1989[2]. It makes use of encryption methods for malicious purposes as criminal methods become more and more sophisticated each year, similar to the GPCode trojan, whose keys were cracked in 2008[3]. Over the past years, ransomware has become significantly more prevalent and the malware authors have written significantly more clever and scary versions[4].

    Cryptolocker infections normally begin via infected email attachments, and via an existing botnet; when activated, the malware encrypts certain types of files stored on local and mounted network drives using RSA public-key cryptography, with the private key stored only on the malware’s control servers.

    Spread

    Since its discovery and its debut in Great Britain, CryptoLocker infected more than 234,000 computers worldwide, including more than 100,000 in the U.S., and generated its cyber-criminal creators more than $380,000 in revenue. This, along with its sophistication of getting past security programs to complete their infection of computers surreptitously, had led security writers to call it a “diabolical twist on an old scam”[5][6]. It gained notoriety in November 2013.

    At the end of May 2014, U.S. and foreign law enforcement agents seized the computers that distributed CryptoLocker. Although Cryptolocker was neutralized, it is only a matter of time before malware writers devise a new method of attack.

    CryptoWall

    CryptoWall is a copy of Cryptolocker appearing in February 2014. Filling the voidIt has infected over 600,000 computers, encrypting 5 billion files, making it “the largest and most destructive ransomware threat on the Internet”. However, unlike Cryptolocker, it was less effective at generating income for its creators[8].

    Search Interest



    External References

    [1]Dell SecureWorks – "":http://www.secureworks.com/cyber-threat-intelligence/threats/cryptolocker-ransomware/ | Posted on 12-18-13.

    [2]Naked Security – Destructive malware “CryptoLocker” on the loose – here’s what to do | Posted on 10-12-13.

    [3]Kaspersky Lab – Kaspersky System Watcher – Safeguarding user data with Kaspersky Cryptomalware Countermeasures Subsystem

    [4]Forbes – Computer Virus Spreading That Means You Never Get To See Your Files Again | Posted on 10-22-13.

    [5]Forbes – Cryptolocker Thieves Likely Making ‘Millions’ As Bitcoin Breaks $1,000 | Posted on 11-27-13.

    [6]Brian Krebs (KrebsonSecurity.com) – CryptoLocker Crew Ratchets Up the Ransom | Posted on 11-13-2013.

    [7]USA Today – Federal agents knock down Zeus Botnet, CryptoLocker | Posted on 6-2-14.

    [8]PC World – CryptoWall ransomware held over 600K computers hostage, encrypted 5 billion files | Posted on 8-29-14.


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  • 08/30/14--13:45: The House of The Dead
  • THIS IS STILL A W.I.P, NEEDHELPGUYS

    The House of The Dead (or House of The Dead) is a light gun arcade game series by designer Atsushi Seimiya. the series has overall 4 main games and over 8 spin-offs which include dating games, a beat ’em up and a Tarantino-esqe take on the original game named Overkill. The series is well known for its staple of cheesy voice acting which is prominent with most low budget rail shooters.

    Video of one of the games goes here, the URL for these videos is corrupted for me


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  • 08/26/14--12:48: Ebola-Chan
  • About

    Ebola-Chan is a female anime character designed as an anthropomorphic representation of the Ebola virus. The character was created on 4chan in response to growing concerns regarding the West African Ebola outbreak in the summer of 2014.

    Origin

    The original image of Ebola-Chan was created by a Pixiv user sly on August 4th, 2014[4]. The earliest archived appearance of Ebola-Chan on 4chan[1] was submitted in a thread posted to the /jp/ (Otaku culture) board on August 5th, 2014, featuring an illustration of a young female anime character wearing a nurse outfit, holding a bloody skull and wearing a pony tail hair style ending in strains of the Ebola virus (shown below).



    Spread

    As early as August 7th, an image macro began circulating on 4chan boards featuring the same anime character illustration accompanied by a caption referring to her as “Ebola-Chan,” which urged readers to reply with the phrase “I Love You Ebola-Chan” in the comments section to avoid contracting a painful, fatal disease (shown below).[3] On August 17th, the image was reblogged by the Cheezburger site Geek Universe.[5] On August 18th, 2014, Redditor EsportsLottery submitted the original Ebola-Chan illustration to the /r/WTF[2] subreddit, where it gained over 2,600 votes (87% upvoted) in the first week.



    Various Examples




    Search Interest

    External References

    [1]Warosu – is ebola kawaii?

    [2]Reddit – Meet Ebola-Chan

    [3]4chon – 320611

    [4]Pixiv – Original Image

    [5]Cheezburger – I Love you Ebola Chan


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  • 08/31/14--23:06: The Fappening / Celebgate

  • [Work in progress. Editors needed]


    Overview

    The Fappening, also known as Celebgate, refers to a series of nude photographs featuring various high profile celebrities leaked on 4chan in late August 2014. Many of speculated that the images were stolen via the Apple iCloud service, which hosts photographs taken with iPhone mobile devices online.

    Background

    On August 26th, a user on the imageboard AnonIB[9] replied to a thread about actress Jennifer Lawrence claiming that users on the site’s /stol/ board for hacked nude photos had obtained “explicit vids and pics.” Meanwhile, a user on /stol/ announced he was “trading celebs and ripping iClouds.”




    On August 31st, nude photographs of over 100 female celebrities were posted to 4chan’s /b/ (random) board, including pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Rihanna, Hillary Duff, Kaley Cuoco, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth and Victoria Justice.



    Notable Developments

    On Reddit

    That day, the subreddit /r/thefappening[1] was creator by Redditor johnsmcjohn for submissions of leaked celebrity nude photos, which gathered upwards of 50,900 subscribers in the first 10 hours, becoming that day’s fastest growing subreddit according to the Reddit analytics site Reddit Metrics.[5]



    #LeakForJLaw

    Also on August 31st, 4chan users launched the hoax hashtag @LeakForJLaw, to encourage female Twitter users to post topless photographs of themselves in solidarity with Jennifer Lawrence under the banner of social justice.



    That evening, Twitter user @Boogie2988[2] posted a topless photograph of himself accompanied by the hashtag, garnering upwards of 1,700 retweets in 15 hours.



    Celebrity Reactions

    On August 31st, a spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence issued a statement to the tech news blog Mashable[4] calling the leak a “flagrant violation of privacy.”

    “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

    The same day, Mary E. Winstead posted two tweets shaming the person responsible for the hack and those who were viewing them.[6]



    Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Victoria Justice posted a tweet denying that the topless photographs of her were authentic.[7]



    On September 1st, gymnast McKayla Maroney posted a tweet claiming the pictures were fake along with a Buddy Christ image macro (shown below).[3]



    Hacker’s Identity

    Following the release of the photographs, 4chan users identified software engineer Bryan Hamade as the hacker responsible for the leak. On September 1st, The Daily Mail[8] published an interview with Hamade, who denied being involved with the leak.



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    Overview.

    The Kähler Anniversary Vase (Danish: Kähler Jubilæumsvase) is a limited edition danish designer vase celebrating the 175th anniversary of danish design company Kähler Design[1]. The vase sparked a major controversy in Denmark as the demand greatly outweighed the supply[2]. Inflating the price to up to 4000 Danish Kroner (800$)[3]. When Kähler design opened up for ordering, over 16.000 danes whipped out their wallets [4]. Due to the simple yet distinct design of the vase, it has served as an easy exploitable[5].

    Origin.

    In August of 2014, Kähler Design released the new limited edition design of their iconic vase design. The Vase was critically acclaimed by consumers and the vase was quickly sold out due to very low supply[6]. Sparking an outrage among mostly middle aged women [7]. These people were mostly mocked for overreacting, leading to the exploitables that now surface the internet under the hashtag #VaseGate.

    Spread.

    The mock-designs were spread using social media under the name of #VaseGate or #KählerGate[8]. Many Danish news sites also reported the incident [9]. On Septemper 1st Redditor DkForm released an Imgur Album featuering 43 different mock designs[10]. The demand of the vase have been so big that it has even lead to motivate crime [11]

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    About

    “Yee” is a phrase that refers to an edited clip of an animated dinosaur singing a small jingle, only to be interrupted at the end by another dinosaur shouting “Yee” in an awkward manner. It has since become viral, due to its poor quality animation, voice acting and timing of the “Yee” at the end. It has since became viral around mostly Tumblr. [1]

    Origin

    Uploaded on February 29, 2012, the clip starring these two oddly-designed dinosaurs came from the animated film “Dinosaur Adventure,” a knockoff of Don Bluth’s “The Land Before Time.” The movie was made by Dingo Pictures, who are infamous at ripping off popular animated movies such as Toy Story and Beauty and the Beast. [2][3] The clip was actually an edited bit of the film, in which originally the dinosaurs were just giving the protagonist, a baby dinosaur, some advice. The “Yee” coming from the supposedly “awkward dinosaur” was actually a “yes” but in an accent that stretched the intonation of the word. Also the music used at the end of the film was what made up the melody of the jingle sung in the edited clip.

    Spread

    Even though it was uploaded in 2012, it didn’t became viral until it was uploaded onto Reddit in the r/youtubehaiku section on August 23, 2014. After it was uploaded, the post recieved up to 2062 upvotes and 114 comments. [4] Soon, word of the video from Reddit reached Tumblr, where it spread virally. “Yee” soon became a universally known phrase among Tumblrites, and the meme was expressed through remixes, posts and even fan art of the two dinosaurs.

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  • 09/01/14--21:25: Naked Banana
  • About

    Naked Banana is an image that gained notoriety on 4chan, frequently used to troll “You Laugh, You Lose” (YLYL) threads.

    Origin

    This meme appeared on 4chan in mid 2014. The image, a stock photo of a “naked” banana holding a peel, originally began trending due to a Facebook post in which a group of older internet users find the image to be far funnier than most would, and have a confusing conversation about it; the original source and explanation can be seen below.



    Spread

    Naked Banana, or variations of the image are typically posted dozens of times in “You Laugh, You Lose” threads, to the fury of many users who wish to see different content. When shared on 4chan, users typically reply with “I really, really, really like this image” or other quotes from the bizarre conversation.

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    Overview

    Daniel Pierce Coming Out Video refers to a video Daniel Pierce, a nineteen-year-old from Georgia, which was uploaded to YouTube and shows his father and stepmother abusing him after he told them he is gay. After the video went viral a crowd funding campaign for Pierce’s living expenses gained over $100,000.

    Background

    On August 27th, 2014, a friend of Pierce’s uploaded a video titled “How not to react when your child tells you that he’s gay” to the YouTube channel Regina Ryan.[1] The video features audio of Pierce’s family, identified as his stepmother and father telling him being gay is not a choice, informing him he will have to move out, and eventually physically and verbally abusing him. Within a week the video had gained over 5.5 million views.



    Notable Developments

    Also on August 27th, LGBT activist Dan Savage posted the video on his The Stranger[5], explaining how it affected him saying:

    “That was hard to listen to. Jesus. Fucking. Christ. My heart breaks for that poor, brave, tough kid. What the fuck is wrong with these people?

    We could have a fundraiser up and running for this poor kid by morning--if we knew who he was and where he was."


    On August 28th, The Huffington Post[4] published an article titled “WATCH: Family Has Horrifying, Violent Reaction To Son’s Coming Out As Gay.” The article featured quotes from Pierce who explained his expectations going into the meeting with his family, saying:

    ""Their reaction was pretty much expected [once] I chose to leave instead of pray because they have always been very vocal about not supporting the gay lifestyle."


    Also on August 28th, The Advocate[7] published an article titled “WATCH: ‘Christian’ Family’s Terrifying Response to Son Coming Out” which features Pierce’s aunt, Teri Cooper, corroborating Pierce’s account of the violent confrontation with his family.

    The video was covered by several sites the following day including the Daily Mail[6] and NewNowNext.[8]

    GoFundMe Campaign

    Also on August 27th, Pierce’s boyfriend started a GoFundMe[2] page for a crowd funding campaign for Pierce titled “Living Expenses” with a goal of $2,000. Within a week the campaign gained over $90,000. On September 1st, Pierce published an update explaining:

    “It’s important for all of you to know that right now, what I need most is time to think and work through the next steps in my life. I have been working closely with Atlanta-based Lost-n-Found Youth to help figure out what’s next for me. Right now, I’m safe and definitely feel your love all around me. Thank you!”


    He also explained he would be donating a portion of the funds raised to LGBT charities.

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  • 09/02/14--12:48: Penny Arcade Expo
  • About

    Penny Arcade Expo (or PAX) is the video game conference held annually in Washington state. The name was taken from a web comic Penny Arcade created in 1998 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Since its creation the conference has expanded to multiple cities and seen an expansion in cosplay.

    Background

    On November 18th, 1998, Penny Arcade published its first strip about long loading time. The web comic was created by illustrator Mike Krahulik and writer Jerry Holkins. The webcomic continued to update regularly throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.



    The original Penny Arcade Expo, organized by Krahulik and Holkins, occurred on August 28th and 29th, 2004, in Bellevue, Washington.[5]

    Notable Development

    Expansion Into Other Cities

    On September 7th, 2009, expo creator Jerry Holkins announced an expo would be held in Boston, Massachusetts in 2010. Called Penny Arcade Expo East, the conference occurred between March 26th-March 28th, in the Hynes Convention Center. In 2013, a PAX conference was held in Melbourne, Australia. In January of 2015, Pax South will be held in San Antonio, Texas.

    Online Presence

    As of September 2014, Penny Arcade Expo’s Twitter account[1] has gained over 170,000 followers and its Facebook page[2] has gained over 80,000 followers. In 2009, redditor cyricsmith created the subreddit r/PAX.[6] As of September 2014, the subreddit has gained over 4,000 readers.

    Media Coverage

    On September 2nd, 2005, MTV[9] published an article titled “An E3 For Everybody: Penny Arcade Expo Doubles In Second Year” which reported in the expo’s second year attendance reached 10,000 people. On August 20th, 2007, the Laughing Squid[10] reported Wil Wheaton would speak at the 4th annual expo. On September 2nd, 2010, The Atlantic[15] published an article titled “Penny Arcade Expo: 60,000 Gamers Press ‘Start’” which covered the the work that goes into organizing the expo. On August 30th, 2014, Motherboard[8] published an article titled “The Penny Arcade eXpo Tries to Grow Up, With Awkward Results” which covered the expo’s sometimes unsuccessful attempts to be more inclusive of all genders, sexual orientations and races.

    Swine Flu Outbreak

    On September 8th, 2009, Boing Boing[12] reported an attendee at the 2009 Penny Arcade Expo had test positive for Swine Flu, according to those behind the expo. The following day Wired[11] reported almost 100 attendees had come down with the flu, causing hashtags such as #nerdflu and #paxflu to circulate on Twitter. The same day the outbreak was covered by Kotaku[13] and g4tv.[14]

    Search Interest

    Search interest for San Diego Comic Con spikes every August when the main conference is held.

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