Osama malware scams spread to Facebook
Twitter news breaker hacked
News of Osama bin Laden's assassination may have appeared on Twitter before the official confirmation but surfers following up supposed offers of live kill footage from Facebook or email will almost certainly end up hitting malware.
In addition, F-Secure has reported banking Trojan malware that poses as image attachments in emails but is actually designed to steal bank login credentials from compromised machines.
Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual) tweeted about hearing helicopters and explosions in Abbottabad hours before bin Laden's death was announced. Athar's website was subsequently hacked to lead surfers towards a site hosting the Blackhole exploit kit, Websense warns.
Altogether surfers would do better to get their news from recognised news outlets, a general piece of advice that applies to all breaking news items and not just the death of the world's most notorious terrorist. ®
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