Security Corner

May 2 2011   8:36PM GMT

Bin Laden News Event Spawning Malware & Phishing Attempts

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

As always happens around big disasters and news events, the miscreants are using the event to attempt to infect PCs with malware and are sending phishing emails. Apparently Facebook is being targeted with video. Got this note from a friend on Skype:

“PLEASE READ AND REPOST!
WARNING: there is a video circulating around Facebook of a BBC video of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, supposedly made by US troops. It is a Virus!!!!! Spread the news because it’s circulating fast!!”

Here’s a video showing one of the virus attempts:

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/D5CRARPMaeU" width="640" height="390" wmode="transparent" /]

Be aware that NO photos or videos have been released officially. The only official video is the one of President Obama announcing Bin Laden’s death.

I haven’t seen any phishing spam related to the event yet, but you can bet it will be on its way before you know it.

 Comment on this Post

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when other members comment.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: