Osama’s death unleashes wave of viruses, warns FBI

2011-05-05 00:00

FACEBOOK is receiving an increasing amount of spam, the latest of which are viruses related to Osama bin Laden’s death.

Links claiming to show footage of Bin Laden being killed by U.S. troops and photos of the dead terrorist are already doing the rounds on social networking sites like Facebook.

Once a user clicks on the link it is automatically pasted on the walls of all his contacts.

The FBI is warning people not to open unsolicited links that purport to show photos or videos of the Al-Qaeda leader’s killing, saying these could be a computer virus and be potentially damaging to the user’s machine.

Such “content could be a virus that could damage your computer … 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.

Some links on Facebook claim that “exclusive footage” that will “leave you speechless” has been leaked by WikiLeaks and organisations like CNN, playing on users’ curiosity to see the world’s most wanted terrorist in his last moments.

Other spam on Facebook includes a link to see who views your profile the most, and a link to see other footage of William and Kate’s wedding.

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