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Facebook Users be careful — Malware exploits bin Laden death in search

In Breaking News, Politics on May 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Online scammers have been quick to capitalize on what will undoubtedly be one of the most significant news events this year – the death of Osama bin Laden.

Within hours of the news that the Al Qaeda leader had been killed by U.S. forces on Sunday, malware was found in Web sites optimized to show up on Web searches related to the event and in scams on Facebook.

This photoshopped image of Osama bin Laden is making the rounds on Web sites and Facebook pages hiding malware and spam.

Image searches and items labeled as video are proving particularly problematic as people are drawn to visual images of the terrorist leader. At least two domains were found to be serving up fake anti-virus rogueware called “Best Antivirus 2011” on searches for “Osama bin Laden body” on Google image search in Spanish, according to a blog post by Kaspersky Lab.

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