12:22 PM Posted by Mark
The world's most wanted criminal was found and killed Sunday. By late that evening, crooks had unleashed a wave of new spam emails, poisoned search results, and specially crafted websites -- all designed to mislead people seeking news.
Security analysts across the Internet Monday morning warned of the onslaught of new threats that inevitably follow a major news
event. Leading security firm Kaspersky Lab began detecting spam e-mail campaigns and Web pages built specifically to game the
major search engines within hours of the first reports of his
death in a firefight with U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
President Obama announced the results of the top-secret operation late Sunday night, calling it the most significant blow to Al
Qaeda to date. Within hours, the architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed more than 3,000 people was buried at sea, the
And within hours of that, warned Kaspersky analyst Fabio
Assolini, the company began finding search engine optimized (SEO)
Web pages offering news of bin Laden's death and claiming to
offer photographs of the slain terrorist. Clicking those links
directed Web surfers to malicious Web pages that try to install
Best Antivirus 2011, a rogue anti malware program, Assolini said.
Another Kaspersky researcher uncovered a Facebook spam campaign offering "free subway rides and plane tickets" to "celebrate
Osama's death." Users visiting the malicious page were asked to enter personal information to win a prize, but end up spamming
their own friends with the solicitation, he warned.
This is only the beginning of what promises the be the usual
onslaught of scams and trickery, warned experts.
"Within 24 hours we can expect in excess of 100 million spam emails," Symantec's Steve Martin told SecureComputing.com.
"Anytime there is a major event there are always scammers," he said.
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