A man who live tweeted about hearing helicopters and explosions in Abbottabad mere hours before Osama bin Laden’s death was announced has found himself the target of hackers, according to security firm Websense.
Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual) links to his website from his Twitter account and has become a major source of media and public interest seeking more information. Websense Security Labs on Monday said it had discovered that Athar’s website had been compromised and redirects visitors to the Blackhole exploit kit, which tries multiple vulnerabilities to compromise an end user’s computer.
“Cyber criminals are constantly exploiting where the masses go, and news on Osama bin Laden’s death is no exception,” wrote Websense Senior Manager for Security Research Patrik Runald. “We want to warn everyone looking for news on bin Laden’s death to be cautious when clicking new links. Make no mistake — hackers are going after websites, like @ReallyVirtual’s, along with search engine results to prey on visitors looking for more information.”
Compromises on breaking-news items are also very dangerous to organizations, Runald said, because employees who search online can potentially put an organization at risk for exploit and data loss.