[ISN] FBI warns that fake bin Laden video is a virus

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 00:42:10 -0500 (CDT)

By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service 
May 3, 2011

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.

Security vendor F-Secure said Tuesday that criminals are e-mailing a 
password-stealing Trojan horse program called Banload to victims, and 
Symantec said it's seen criminals spamming victims with links to fake 
"Osama dead" news articles that launch Web-based attacks on visitors.

U.S. authorities do have photos of bin Laden, who was shot in the head 
during an early morning raid Monday in Pakistan. But these photos have 
not been released publicly.


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