This is an example of what could happen if you find yourself flying the sometimes friendly skies in EVE Online, CCP's massively-multiplayer online space sim. I've never had an experience like this personally, having spent most of my time watching my ship auto-pilot itself from sector to sector. I'm sure if I did get a chance to stop, and was lucky enough to see a freighter being attacked by pirates, I'd be far too surprised to do anything even remotely helpful.
I'll get there eventually. Baby steps!