Guest Post: Andrew Parker is a freelance journalist and copywriter for Intaforensics on the topics of online security, social media and computer forensics
Newspapers (and their modern online versions – this is the 21st century) are rammed full of information about a certain individual. Yes, you are correct…I, of course, mean the killing of mass-murdering terrorist Osama Bin Laden.
The entire world rejoices in the euphoric “good over evil” victory? Well, kinda. But the world seems more interested in doubting the words of an American president about the killing…but after such classic fibs as “I did not have sex with that woman” and “There will be no white wash in the White House” by previous leaders, can you blame us for being a wee bit sceptical?
Firstly, I think Osama is dead. But a photograph of the dead body is required by some “conspirators” – as they can sense that some things don’t add up, which has not been aided by the official line being changed and the lack of any evidence being shown to the worldwide audience. However, this is not a post to “pick holes” in the aftermath of how the news was reported, but as a warning that spammers are using this desire for “proof” as a way of causing you guys to download malware onto your computers!
The lack of official photos or videos of Bin Laden’s body has been exploited by hackers – as Facebook and inboxes have become awash with links that claim to show the body of Bin Laden, but are in fact carrying malware virus which is activated once the links has been clicked or a form is filled in.
Videos have sprung up all over Facebook, such as ‘SHOCKING NEW video of OSAMA BIN LADENS DEATH!! Exclusive BANNED VDEIO footage of Osama Bin Laden being killed!!!’ and Osama bin Laden Killed (LIVE VIDEO)’ clicking on these will either cause this to be shared on your Facebook account or being asked to fill in a survey to make money for the scammers and…yes…you guessed it…without actually seeing a video.
These claims of photographic evidence are also being sent via email, which supposedly contains bin Laden photos. Opening the attached compressed “images” will result in avirus being unleashed onto your system that monitors your online banking details to be monitored and even result in your bank passwords being compromised.
Facebook scams can be easily spotted if you hover over the image and see if the web address relates to what is being advertised in the actual post. If it is a site that you have never heard of – do not click.
Due to America announcing that the Bin Laden photographs will not be released, they are certainly not going to be available on social media etc! If there did happen to be a Twitpic or YouTube fanatic at the scene and the images manage to surface online, then the media will be VERY fast to show them!