Internet threats manifest in wake of Osama bin Laden's death

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Internet attackers wasted no time in launching malware threats related to US President Barack Obama's announcement of the death of international terrorist Osama bin Laden, according to reports from Slovakian antivirus and security software developer Eset and Finnish security solutions provider F-Secure.

The firms have detected threats being sent via email alleging photos and videos of bin Laden via a link embedded into the message.

The link does not contain photos of the Al Qaeda leader, but instead contains a banking Trojan. The file installs itself onto the system and begins monitoring online banking sessions on the computer, aiming to redirect payments to the wrong accounts.

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The email has been propagated in Portuguese as well, in which supposed links to a video of Osama bin Laden and another of the royal wedding are embedded.

Eset said it has also found links on Facebook in Spanish related to bin Laden, but for the moment they do not contain malware, but instead unwanted advertisements and possible scams.

The security firm said it expects to see BlackHat SEO attacks, including in Spanish, related to the news event.