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Beware of Malware Related to UBL's Death


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#1 cryptodan

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 02:00 AM

The intense public interest surrounding Usama bin Laden is the perfect vehicle for Internet scams and malware, the FBI warned Tuesday, issuing an official warning to “exercise” caution online.

One common piece of malware spreading rapidly on the Internet purports to show photos or videos of bin Laden’s killing. Clicking on these links can wreak havoc on some users’ machines, the agency warned.

“This malicious software or 'malware' can embed itself in computers and spread to users’ contact lists, thereby infecting the systems of associates, friends, and family members,” the FBI said in a statement. “These viruses are often programmed to steal your personally identifiable information.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/05/04/beware-bin-laden-spam-malware-fbi-warns/#ixzz1LSVnb3tb


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Posted 05 May 2011 - 03:17 AM

That virus is going viral on Facebook <_<

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 04:12 PM

Our local news broke the story about this yesterday, but I've been really smart about it and not clicked any ads or anything purporting to have pictures of UBL.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 08:33 PM

yeah the virus is going viral on FB because so many people are not very smart and randomly click links they see on their news feed. But facebook should be able to capture and kill it eventually.
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 08:53 PM

At the moment they haven't captured it and killed it yet. Have you been experience where random people just pops on chat and send this random link? All i know that it is a virus. The people that pops up and says that would probably of clicked it from somewhere else.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 11:02 AM

I have a question.
I visit a site that has a general discussion forum similar to this one.
People will post various photos in a particular topic of whatever they may be discussing at that time.
Cars, guns, bacon, dinner pics etc. ( No porn).
One of these topics had the fake Usama photo. I opened the topic and saw it posted there but did not click on anything.
Am I right in assuming that opening and just looking at the topic, just like this one here at BP , would not open my computer to malware??
The site overall does not seem to have any malware problems.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 12:07 PM

Anysite that is connected to the internet can be used for nefarious purposes. there is something called java script that can execute software or redirect you to malicious sites where those sites then download things to your computer.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:28 PM

Hi Cryptodan
I understand your point that no site is necessarily "safe" and that bad guys can hijack anything.
But take a site like BC.I assume , hopefully, that the standards and practices of those running BC provide a strong layer of protection when browsing the topics posted in the forums here. If I go into the general forum I can see topics where members have put up pictures of their pets. Humorous cat pictures etc. Is there really a risk of a malware attack if I open the topic and view what has been posted?

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 01:34 PM

Yup even here on BC, and if a malicious link is reported that post would be deleted. I cannot comment on the moderating of such an event since I am not a moderator or higher.




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