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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:

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:

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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.

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