Bin Laden Death Leads to Scam Surge

In the wake of President Barack Obama’s late-night announcement yesterday that the world’s most-wanted fugitive, Osama bin Laden, had been captured and killed, scammers were quick to jump at the opportunity to exploit the news by creating email scams and phishing attacks related to the terrorist leader’s demise.

The newly designed ploys include email scams that contain links or attachments that may redirect users to malicious websites, and fake antivirus attacks that come in the form of pop-ups that flash security warnings and ask the user for credit card information. Phishing emails and websites requesting personal information commonly appear after this type of news, US CERT said in a release.

To protect themselves, US-CERT encourages users to avoid clicking on unsolicited web links or attachments in emails and to have up-to-date antivirus software.

 

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