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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  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 07:33 PM
    What Convienent Store do you own?
  • by Guy Location: Farmville on May 3, 2011 at 07:18 PM
    This is story is about people trying to steal your personal information. It does not matter who was president when Osama was killed. I think you guys are posting on the wrong story. I think the point of this particular story is to be very careful when opening a link about pictures of Osama whether it be an email or a link of facebook.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jax on May 3, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    Bush never "GAVE UP" on bin laden. Congress and Senate slowed him down. Leave out the point did you that Obama ran with a campaign promise to end both wars. There were never, "both wars to end". WE are at war with terror currently on 2 fronts and what might soon be 3 fronts. Coming to a theater away from us, THE Somalia Pirates. hmmmmm
  • by TW on May 3, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    WHO CARES TO COMMENT EXCEPT THE RACIST WHO WANTS TO GLOAT??? THE RACIST AROUND HERE DONT KNOW WHO THEY HATE THE MOST OBAMA OR OSAMA, CONFUSED RACIST; BET YOU ARE CAUSE MOST OF YOU PROBABLY CANT READ ANYWAY
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      by Tarzan on May 4, 2011 at 01:19 AM in reply to TW
      What do I hate? People who are unable to form proper sentences.
  • by Concerned Location: New Bern on May 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    Zach, I too am a Republican and I also believe those bashing President Obama on this are really stupid people. Lord, I never liked the man, but we al must admit he hanlded this situation absolutely perfect. Great job but I also think you are also wrong for automatically assuming those who are critial of the President on this issue are Tea Party members. What proof do you have, just like when the Demo's were saying Tea Party members were racist but could not even provide not one single drop of evidence to support their claim.
  • by Theresa Location: To Zack on May 3, 2011 at 07:19 AM
    You said Obama has done ALOT of great things. Please list them. Yes, Obama gave the order but had the military and intelligence agencies given the intel to ANY President, he also would have. Gee, I would have also given the order. I do not dilike Obama because of race..I don't dislike him at all. I just disagree with his policies. Why do you automatically assume race is involved? It's people such as yourself that keep the racecard alive! I did not care for Clinton and he is white. What will you blame will you assign to that?
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      by Rev. on May 3, 2011 at 07:42 AM in reply to Theresa
      Theresa, the reason the race card is being put out there is because every since this man been in the seat, he has been through hell. There has been some very good idea's he has put out there, but get shot down because of his color. Bush put us in this mess and he walks away like he hasn't done anything. You say you just don't like his policies, but some of them are really good if you give them time to work. things are not going to change in one term. He is doing a lot better then some of the other presidents. whats really funny is, if Bush would have given the word for them to kill him he would have been looked at like he was the best thing on this earth. Race issue's are still alive.
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        by Jamie16 on May 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM in reply to Rev.
        I don't like his policies and I don't think he has good ideas. To say its because of his color is ridiculous and, in itself, RACIST. People like you are keeping racism alive. LET IT GO!
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 3, 2011 at 12:06 PM in reply to Rev.
        And so you are saying that you didn't give Bush hell everytime you could? You take the seat, you take the heat....get over it.
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        by Once Again on May 3, 2011 at 02:25 PM in reply to Rev.
        Sorry to be the one to inform you...Ole Rev. but the Bush policies over the past few years are what led the U.S. to 'em!!!!
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        by Guy on May 3, 2011 at 07:26 PM in reply to Rev.
        It was a courier that led them to OBL. They have been following him for over 4 years. Who was president then? It really does not matter. This story is about a virus that could affect you personal info. Just be careful. That is what WITN is trying to tell you.
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 07:38 PM in reply to Rev.
        who ran congress the last 6 years of Bush administration.. who was elected because of his color.. just deal with the facts
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        by guy on May 3, 2011 at 07:43 PM in reply to Rev.
        So you are saying Bush would of looked as good as Obama if he had given the order. Now how would that of been a race issue if both would of been treated the same. Seems you are talking out of both sides of your mouth!
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        by Rev. Uses The Card on May 4, 2011 at 03:51 AM in reply to Rev.
        You're using the race card yourself...don't you realize? I guess if you don't think about it....
  • by eye for Location: an eye on May 3, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    There once was a great&feared nation(usa)soon it will be a smoldering ash pile!!!America is a country of scams...LOL...
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 07:54 AM in reply to eye for
      Yo momma!
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to eye for
      Go live in Iraq
  • by zach peterson Location: greenville on May 3, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    it is sad that whenever obama does something great, people (tea party) always find negative things to talk about. i'm a white male who is tired of seeing my own race talk negative about this man. Bush gave up on bin laden, this was said at a press conference. said he couldn't find him. they had chances to kill bin laden bush and clinton but didnt do it. obama gave the orders to do so. obama has done alot of great things in office but news medias like fox news and other tea party supported propagandas has bended and twisted correct information and replaced it with false information. we must stop the racism and come together as one. how can we call ourselves followers of christ when all we do is teach hate. every race has bad apples, black, white, mexican, and etc. it is sad that hatred is what we teach our children. who are the future! live life and love one another for who they are.
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 10:51 AM in reply to zach peterson
      By that logic, we should have loved Osama for what he was.
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 11:19 AM in reply to zach peterson
      Bush NEVER gave up on OSL. STOP LOOKING AT RACE!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 3, 2011 at 11:58 AM in reply to zach peterson
      Lay it on me Zach, I am a mutt like your president. I didn't vote for him for his race, I voted against him after reading his communist manifesto book. So you bashing Fox...well, lets have it bro...one fact where they twisted the story? And the issue of race will never die as long as people make it an issue like you. So some people don't agree with the 14 trillion debt Obama has causes...you tellin me they are racist for that? As long as the DNC preaches hate and accuses hate every change they get, it will always be around. You seem to confuse party with race...learn about it. The DNC owns racism, has it has always. Its just hidden in their hearts. Republicans historically, have done more for minorities than any party in history...learn about it.
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 03:10 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Obama caused 4 trillion, he added on to the 10 trillion Bush ran up.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 3, 2011 at 04:45 PM in reply to
          Bush ran it up? What drug are you taking? It has been there for as long as democraps controlled the congress. You payin attention? Of course 4 trillion is chump change...can you pay if off? You now owe 47K for the debt..either you pay or your kids will pay...pick one! The Chinese want us to pay them back...trust me on this one...you speak the language?
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      by 250 on May 3, 2011 at 05:09 PM in reply to zach peterson
      YEP HE"S A, N_G_E_
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