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Facebook Virus Warning - BBC Video Of Bin Laden Killing

Outline
Message circulating on Facebook warns uses to watch out for a BBC video showing the killing of Osama Bin Laden because it is a virus.



Brief Analysis
Scammers are capitalizing on the news of Osama Bin Laden's death in various ways and this activity is likely to continue. However, it is important to note that this warning discusses just one of many possible attacks that are using information about Bin Laden's death as a lure.

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Last updated: 5th May 2011
First published: 3rd May 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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HERE WE GO::::::::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!!!!

BBC Bin Laden Killing Video Virus Warning




Detailed Analysis
Soon after news of Osama Bin Laden's death started flooding social media sites, this breathless virus warning message also began making its way around Facebook. The message warns users to watch out for a supposed BBC video depicting the killing of Bin Laden because it contains a virus.

It is certainly true that users should be cautious of messages containing links that supposedly provide videos, photographs or other information about the killing of Bin Laden. Internet scammers have already begun to capitalize on news of Bin Laden's death. In the coming days and weeks, scammers and spammers are likely to continue using fake news, videos and photographs about the killing as a means of enticing victims into installing rogue applications, participating in bogus surveys, downloading malware, or divulging their personal information. In fact, criminals have already used fake news of Bin Laden's death a number of times in the past few years as a means of distributing malware.

At this time, there is no official video or photographs of Bin Laden's killing being distributed by news outlets. Therefore, users should be very cautious of following any links that claim to feature such footage or images. Any message or website that claims to have such footage or images should be treated as suspect.

Such tactics are now being used by many criminals intent on distributing trojans or other malware or as a method of tricking users into participating in rogue app survey scams. Sophos reports that a Facebook spam message proclaiming a "SHOCKING NEW video of OSAMA BIN LADENS DEATH" actually leads to yet another survey scam. A number of other survey scams based on fake Bin Laden death footage are being reported. In fact, more and more scams and malware attacks that use the death of Bin Laden are now surfacing.

This warning message discusses just one of many possible attacks that are using information about Bin Laden's death as a lure.

But, certainly, social media and email users should be very cautious of clicking links that supposedly lead to videos or images of of Bin Laden's killing.

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Osama Bin Laden's Death a Party for Spammers, Fake AV Scammers
Osama Bin Laden Virus Emails
Osama Bin Laden death video scam spreads virally on Facebook
Facebook Rogue App Survey Scam - BBC News Check What She Did on Cam



Last updated: 5th May 2011
First published: 3rd May 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer