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05 May 2011

An Osama bin Laden virus is circulating, hits Facebook

As the news of Osama bin Laden’s death surfaced, internet security companies warned about the potential dangers from cyber criminals.

Malicious emails are currently circulating that offer links claiming to provide news regarding bin Laden’s death. The world’s largest social networking site, Facebook, has also been hit by the virus, which is easy to spread if the links are shared on users’ walls.

The FBI is warning people not to open unsolicited links that claim to show photos of the death of bin Laden, even if they recognize the sender’s email address.

The FBI said the "content could be a virus that could damage your computer. This malicious software or malware can embed itself in computers and spread to users' contact lists, thereby infecting the systems of associates, friends, and family members.”

A spokesman for an internet security company recently stated that scammers always take advantage of major events. He also said that more than 100 million spam messages were expected to occur within 24 hours of the news of Bin Laden’s death.