Security firms warn against Bin Laden-related malware

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Security firms warn against Bin Laden-related malware

Warwick Ashford

Security firms are warning e-mail users to be aware of malware campaigns by cyber criminals seeking to exploit interest in news about Osama Bin Laden's death.

Business and home users should be cautious and especially on guard when they receive messages that purport to offer photos of Bin Laden's body, funeral at sea or any additional details, says security firm McAfee.

The company warns users to beware of any wording, subject lines in e-mails, links via Facebook or Twitter that contain words like these as they will almost certainly be a cyberscam.

McAfee has seen Bin Laden-related links that lead to fake anti-virus products and malware designed to add victims' computers to various botnets.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at security firm F-Secure, says the labs have detected a malicious file called Fotos_Osama_Bin_Laden.zip, which is being spammed via e-mail and claims to share pictures of dead Bin Laden, but instead executes a banking Trojan.

The Trojan, identified as Trojan-Downloader:W32/Banload.BKHJ, installs itself on the victim's system and starts to monitor online banking sessions, trying to redirect payments to wrong accounts, says Hypponen.

"It is unlikely you will find pictures or videos of Bin Laden's death online, but searching for one will certainly take you to sites with malware," he says.


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