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Don’t Click on Osama!

In Abbottabad, Advice, Barack Obama, broadband, compound, death, electronics, Events, Facebook, newspapers, Obama, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, pictures, President Barack Obama, President Obama, video on May 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm


The assassination of Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil has of course been the topic of choice this week, and rightfully so, the world is curious to view footage of the event.

So far, we’ve seen President Obama’s speech confirming the death of bin Laden, U.S. citizens cheering in celebration and chanting “USA!” in the streets surrounding the White House and in New York City near Ground Zero, and video of the bloodied compound in Abbottabad where he lived with his family.

We as a nation have shared a hunger to view additional media depicting the dead body of Osama bin Laden to satisfy our need to believe he is truly dead. Without such evidence, some have said the campaign is merely an act, a publicity stunt 1) to allow people to believe in the end of terrorism as we know it and 2) to increase political backing for President Obama in the 2012 election race.

Spammers recognize this need to see more, and are posting false images to attract and satiate users. McAfee | blog central reports they “have seen variations of what I can only call ‘expected lures’:

  • See video in which Osama bin Laden is shown holding a newspaper with today’s date and disprove his possible death reported by OBAMA.
  • OSAMA-BIN-Laden-aparece-segurando-jornal-com-a-data-de-hoje-obama-se-passa-por-mentiroso.exe
  • fotos-do-osama-morto.exe
  • pictures-of-osama-dead.exe”

Clicking on any of these false images or videos will direct the user to another site which downloads a small file that attempts to install itself into the system. In Facebook’s case, clicking on imposter media can spam your wall, your friends’ wall, and your Facebook messages with entries encouraging others to do the same thing.

McAfee warns: “Beware of any verbiage, subject lines in emails, or links via Facebook or Twitter that contain words like these–as they will almost certainly get you into trouble. Make sure your security software is fully updated and be sure to use safe browsing software as well.”

While some photos of bodies and unusual wreckage snapped in bin Laden compound have been publicized in mainstream media, the announcement came today in an interview with President Obama on 60 minutes that no footage of post-mortem Osama bin Laden will be released.

For more false Osama images, visit blogs.mcafee.com

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