Osama alive scam snowballs on Twitter
Elvis-style bunkum entraps clueless tweeps
Fraudsters wasted little time running scams based on the death of Osama bin Laden, so it's no big surprise that they are now running cons based on the conspiracy theory that the former head of al Qaida is alive.
Tweets relaying the false news that the uber-terrorist is alive supposedly point to a non-existent news story on CNN. In reality, the links point to a phishing site that attempts to trick marks into handing over login credentials for the micro-blogging service. Those taken in by the scam are forwarded to a YouTube video of protestors in Pakistan who claim that Osama is alive.
It's likely the attackers are attempting to use Twitter as a springboard to attack associated webmail accounts. Compromised accounts are used to post updates further spreading the scam.
Scam emails account for one in 100 emails overnight, Twitter trend-tracking service Trendistic reports. The current rate of tweets is around 200 per minute, net security firm Websense warns.
Websense advises users who might have been taken in by the scam to change their passwords immediately... while they still can. ®
He is is alive?
I thought the Maquis Seal Team got that guy?
Wasn't it all over Fox news? About Obama being killed.
Oh, such a confusing world.
Of course OBL is alive (assuming he didn't actually die of kidney failure/whatever back around 2001). If you caught the world's most wanted terrorist/CIA asset and knew you would be interrogating him to death, it would be much more convenient to announce that he is already dead, wouldn't it? We'll use the old "man overboard" excuse to explain the missing body ....
Of course he's alive. That's why we've all seen the video of him gloating over the Navy Seals' failed attempt to kill him.
Oh, wait, we haven't seen that. What in the man's history allows anyone to believe there wouldn't be such a video if he were still alive?
As for interrogating him, there'd be no point. According to the intelligence reports they've let news outlets have he's been little more than a figurehead for years.