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Phishing schemes promising to show bin Laden's death video/photo via Facebook and e-mail have recovered personal user information

Since Osama bin Laden's death earlier this week, many people have tried to use the internet as a search tool for pictures and videos of the slain terrorist leader. But these search attempts have done more harm than good, as computer hackers use the public's interest in the video/photo to spread malicious software. 

Over the past couple of days, the U.S. government has debated whether to release the death photo of Osama bin Laden due to its graphic nature. During this debate, many computer users attempted to find a leaked photo on the internet. But computer hackers, knowing the significance of this event, posted fake links that promise a view of the death photo. However, the links end up directing users to malware. Hackers have made similar attempts during other large events, such as the British royal wedding and the Japanese tsunami.  

Many phishing schemes, which are ways of attempting to acquire sensitive information by posing as a trustworthy entity via electronic communication, have crowded the web as of late. For instance, some Facebook users have received e-mails purportedly from friends that instruct them to cut and paste a line of text that will supposedly reveal bin Laden's death video. When Facebook users follow the instructions, hackers have full access to their account information, and of course, no video is revealed.  

In another phishing attempt, regular e-mails that are full of malicious links promising to expose the death photo are sent to users, and malicious software is downloaded on a PC once the links are opened.  

"They always have something ready to go just in case," said Jeff Moss, chief security officer for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. "There is always an earthquake or tsunami or hunger or something." 

U.S. President Barack Obama recently announced that bin Laden's death photo will not be released due to the fact that it may spark alarming reactions, and because the photo is gruesome. This will either hinder computer hackers' attempts because the public knows that the picture is not out there, or it will benefit hackers, since some people will be still be curious enough to continue the search. 

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pathetic lowlifes
By dgingeri on 5/5/2011 11:21:49 AM , Rating: 4
the people who do this sort of thing are the most pathetic dredges of humanity. They are nothing but pitiful drags on society who do nothing but drag us all down. We would all be better off to just exterminate these type of people.

RE: pathetic lowlifes
By smackababy on 5/5/2011 11:23:22 AM , Rating: 3
The people who are willing to look at said pictures or those exploiting the morons entering their personal information to see said pictures?

RE: pathetic lowlifes
By StraightCashHomey on 5/5/2011 11:25:39 AM , Rating: 2
On Facebook, it's just a matter of clicking on a link. I've had several posted to my profile, but I remove the post immediately.

RE: pathetic lowlifes
By dgingeri on 5/5/2011 12:36:53 PM , Rating: 3
The ones doing the exploiting.

curiosity is natural in human beings. It's a good thing, mostly, as it leads to many discoveries.

those who exploit people because of curiosity, or in other cases kindness and charity or innocence, are the biggest lowlifes of the human race, even worse than people who betray their friends for financial gain or those who betray their position of public trust. those who betray trust in any form are just weakling cowards who have no value to the human race.

RE: pathetic lowlifes
By StraightCashHomey on 5/5/2011 11:24:30 AM , Rating: 2
It would be nice if/when these people are caught, their names are released on the news, so they are publicly held accountable with their choice. I think that would be worse than jail time or any other penalty.

RE: pathetic lowlifes
By bah12 on 5/5/2011 12:22:40 PM , Rating: 1
It would be nice if/when these people are caught, their names are released on the news, so they are publicly held accountable with their choice. I think that would be worse than jail time or any other penalty.
As smack said, who the hackers or the morbid people clicking on the links (that is rhetorical I know who you meant). Although not a devout Christian this sums it up much better than I. I feel uneasy enough that I feel "happy" that another human has been killed (and I do), let alone morbid enough to actually want to see the video. It is a sad state of humanity that a link like that would get clicked at all, unfortunately it is a natural state the same state that slows down traffic to see the horrid accident, but sad nonetheless. We should be better, but we aren't.

RE: pathetic lowlifes
By ClownPuncher on 5/5/2011 12:14:52 PM , Rating: 2
They will always exist. The only way to fight them is by law, not dragging them out in the street like opium addicts during Mao's revolution and shooting them.

RE: pathetic lowlifes
By MrBlastman on 5/5/2011 1:02:17 PM , Rating: 1
They are completely pathetic. However, I also think our president and administration is pathetic for not releasing the photo.

RE: pathetic lowlifes
By Master Kenobi on 5/5/2011 6:46:18 PM , Rating: 3
You do not want to see the result of a headshot at close range. It is extremely gruesome. Given that they were likely packing NATO 5.56 rounds it would be a mess.

So what.
By priusone on 5/6/2011 6:29:58 AM , Rating: 3
This is one of the articles where I ignore the article and scroll down to the comments.

I was somewhat hoping to find a fellow techie commenting on how pointless this article is. What happens when a buddy wants to watch an .mkv file? You tell them to get VLC. Next thing you know they have a trojan downloaded and screwing with their system. Sure, the fake site where the tojan was downloaded from looked legit, but who is the idiot for not using common computer sense.

So someone finds a way to convince non tech savvy people to flock to their virus ridden site, I'm to the point in my life where I find it funny. If I drive my car for a year and don't change my oil, is it Chevy's fault? If I don't pay my bills and get a foreclosure notice, is it my banks fault? If I spill my coffee on myself, is it Starbucks fault? If I decide to not check a link and go for a stroll down the internets version of Skidrow, is it Microsofts fault?

I'd watch the video...
By tdawg on 5/5/2011 12:35:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'd watch simply because I love Special Ops stuff and would love to see the helmet cam footage of the event to see how they operate. However, since the only footage is from the cams attached to the members of SEAL Team Six, nobody will ever see it.

This just in...
By royalcrown on 5/6/2011 9:36:48 AM , Rating: 2
Hackers are autistic douche offence to autistic non douche bags

By Uncle on 5/5/2011 2:03:00 PM , Rating: 1
Where are the trolls. I thought by now someone would have pointed their finger at Anon. I guess when some idiot at sony opens this email, Anon will be blamed.

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