The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned computer users Tuesday that messages claiming to include photos and videos of Osama bin Laden’s death actually contain a virus that could steal personal information.
The warning comes as security companies said that they’ve spotted the first samples of malicious software disguised as photos of the dead Al Qaeda leader.[…]
Scammers have also used a technique called search engine poisoning to try to trick search engines into listing hacked Web pages that are loaded with malware in their search results. “It’s unlikely you’ll find pictures or videos of Bin Laden’s death online — but searching for one will certainly take you to sites with malware,” wrote F-Secure chief research officer Mikko Hyponnen in a blog post.
The FBI warned Internet users to watch out for fake messages on social network sites and to never download software in order to view a video. “Read e-mails you receive carefully. Fraudulent messages often feature misspellings, poor grammar, and non-standard English,” the FBI warning stated.