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Bin Laden's Death Starts Scams

People looking for photos or video of Osama bin Laden's death should do so with caution. Online security experts say scammers and hackers have quickly seized on the news of the terrorist's death to try to infect computers or gain access to personal information.

“Watch out for the links you’re likely to come across in email or on social networking sites offering you additional coverage of this newsworthy event. Many of the links will be perfectly legitimate but at least some are almost certain to be dodgy and will trick you into hostile internet territory," said Paul Ducklin, Head of Technology in Sophos Asia Pacific.

One of the first links to surface was claiming to be a shocking video on Facebook of bin Laden's death. People who click on the link end up going to a survey which gives scammers money every time it is completed.

Other security experts warn clicking on links can end up prompting you to download malware on your computer.


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