Beware of Links Promising Photos of Dead bin Laden
Unless, you know, it's a link to a Newser story on the topic
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2011 9:43 AM CDT
No official photos or video of a dead Osama bin Laden have been released.   (AP Photo/ABC News)

(Newser) – Clicking on links that promise to show photos or video of a dead Osama bin Laden is a bad idea, cybersecurity experts warn. Spammers and scammers have moved even faster than usual to spread malicious links aimed at Facebook and Google users, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The bad guys were quite fast," a researcher at Kasperky Labs says. They "started to poison search results in Google Images" within hours.

One link that has spread widely on Facebook claims to lead to BBC video of bin Laden's death. The link takes users to a non-Facebook page that looks exactly like a Facebook one and asks for a verification code. If the code is entered, the link is posted to the user's Facebook wall. Security experts say people should look very closely before clicking on anything unusual, and recommend hovering your cursor over any questionable link to view the URL of the site and verify it's one you've heard of. Newser links on the topic (like this) will not lead to requests for your credit card info or other nastiness.

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finkster
May 4, 2011 11:57 AM CDT
Enough stories about this scum already. This is starting to become a "Elvis"thing... Before you know it rumors of Osama will spread that they've seen him at gas stations and fast food restaurants.
winterfairy
May 4, 2011 11:02 AM CDT
Some Tweets: # If Osama is really dead, who’s the guy I got chained up in the horse stall out back? about 21 hours ago # Bin Laden’s body was identified to a 99% certainty by DNA. They just need to check it against his personal goat and it’s a done deal. 1 day ago # Due to cutbacks Osama, only 58 virgins available... we're sorry for any inconvenience. 1 day ago # Bin Laden's last tweet: “Is there a draft in here or is it my forehead?” 1 day ago
Jojo
May 4, 2011 10:28 AM CDT
My friend has the real death photo on his blog. Seriously, no download, no anything, just right on his blog. http://rareunlimited.com/ - but be warned, its GRAPHIC.