Ads, Promising Photos Of Dead Osama Bin Laden, Deliver Viruses

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As U.S. officials debate whether or not to release bloody pictures of a dead Osama bin Laden, hackers and scammers are using links and emails promising those pictures to try to infect your computer.

The FBI says these emails could even appear to come from your friends, claiming to show either photos of bin Laden dead or a video of his death.

But it’s actually a virus or malware that could steal personal information or cause your entire system to crash.

Officials also warn that internet searches can also direct you to sites with malware or virus. And the bad links are also popping up on Facebook and other social media.

As of now, they say there are no released photos or videos.

Internet security experts say often times, these websites will tell you that you need to download a codec, or video player, to watch the video, but that’s actually malware or a virus.

And they say make sure your anti-virus software is to date.

Reported by Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio 1060

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One Comment

  1. moshesharon says:

    So here’s the deal: 1) The White House announced that a Navy Seal team raided Osama’s residence in Pakistan; 2) They allegedly conducted a DNA analysis and confirmed that the man shot in the head is Osama but never showed us the actual result or explained where they got the prior control sample to set up the profile for a match test; 3) They announced that they took the body to an aircraft carrier and dumped it overboard after a Muslim funeral; 4) They said they have pictures but are refusing to show them to the general public. I’m certain that if the Seals killed a decoy and Osama is still alive somewhere else, he won’t wait long before appearing on AL Jazeera Television to thumb his nose at the world (G-d forbid). So, unless Osama made a deal with Obama to trade information for witness protection, in the absence of any visible shred of corroborating forensic evidence, time will tell whether the dead chicken of the sea is really Osama Bin Laden or has Obama been Lying? More at

    1. multi-v says:

      I guarantee, video was recorded prior to his killing that will be released in a the very near future trying to prove he is alive—fraudulent al-qaeda videos (fake time-stamps) have surfaced before, there’s no reason why they won’t appear again.

  2. krishna says:


  3. El gato says:

    Go get an enema!

  4. Seriously? says:

    LOL – how to stay safe from the virus?
    How about not clicking on random links posted by some unknown person in the comments section of an article!!!!

    1. sqqqrly says:

      I have a better idea…..remove windows and install a real operating system….linux….or buy a Mac….

      1. berrin says:

        Stupid. That’s like saying I live on the street so my house wouldn’t burn down.

      2. InTheBubble says:

        Better yet, you can keep your Windows and avoid these restrictive and/or expensive alternatives by just keeping your Windows up-to-date, using a high quality antivirus program like Kaspersky or Norton, and using Firefox with the NoScript add-on instead of Internet Explorer. My five computers with that setup haven’t had a virus problem for over three years.

      3. macsuckers says:

        Yah, buy a MAC and give China MORE reasons to open more sweatshops so Jobs (Got news for you, he doesn’t care about you), and Apple make their 40% margin… Who’s the sucker now? Bring a warm blanket to the camping/waiting line at the narcisstic Apple store the next time Jobs wraps a turd in white paint and sells it for $500.. bhaaahahahahahahah…God that’s funny.. But, hey, what would a coffee shop be without the lonely Apple guy, in the corner, trying to lure women with his illuminated laptop logo the same way some birds lure mates? bhaaahahahaahahahaha.. Classic..

    2. Joe says:


  5. Carolyn says:

    Hackers are deviant socio-paths who live their lives as DESTRUCTIVE IDIOTS!!! Perhaps, modern computer technology will enable these so-called COMPUTER HACKERS to face criminal charges for their evil deeds…ONE CAN ONLY HOPE!!!

    1. Multi says:

      On the contrary, many hackers are not sociopaths. They are paid employees of governments like those in China and Iran and they are members of criminal organizations in Russia and other countries.

    2. Johnathan says:

      Why do hillbillies have to have an opinion about everything they are uneducated about? Why don’t they stick to recipes involving butter and cow and leave news alone?

  6. Ozark Lee says:

    Unless they somehow steal my Root password I fear nothing using Linux. The bonus is that it is free.


    1. Htos1 says:

      Linux is highly vulnerable to sophisticated rootkits-NEXT!

      1. Maria says:

        Htos1 you must be a real idot. I challenge you to hack the simplest of all, a website.
        I have created hack proof security in my code and idot’s like you don’t stand a chance.

      2. sqqqrly says:

        A root kit requires the system to be first compromised. Then, and only then, the root kit may be installed. NEXT! noob.

        My machines have each hard drive fully encrypted using SHA2 (developed by NSA), the entire disk. It’s optionally comes with my OS. So even having physical access to the machine is not enough. If I have physical access to ANY windows box, I can hack it in 5 minutes with just my usb stick (bootable).

        You really should give Ubuntu a try. I you have, but its been a while, try it again. Its improved so much in the last two years. The hardware complexity is largely a thing of the past.

        The last time I ran Windows on my desktop, I accidentally clicked an ad on Drudge. That was enough, it was infected.

        Why is it the my machine always just works, yet my friends are always asking me to fix their Windows boxes? The good thing is that as they move to Windows 7 (Grandma’s OS), I can honestly claim to know nothing about it.

    2. berrin says:

      Yeah, you get what you pay for. It’s the same mentality as people who live in a bomb shelter for fear of terrorists. You are sacrificing quality for fear….and don’t give me that garbage about Linux being better quality. It’s good for alarm systems, but give me a break.

    3. derp says:

      the ps4 servers were running linux you idiot

  7. Neville says:

    It isn’t Americans’ fault you’re not getting any, dude. Jesus.

  8. JoAnn says:

    Last night I had two instant messages with site addresses to go to to see photos of Bin Laden. Hackers are getting really good using the instant messages too. Facebook needs our help to get all of this stuff so when you see something you think is odd, don’t open it and report it. Remember, hackers only need to be right once and those who stop hackers have to be right all of the time. Brain bleed!

  9. Gabrielle says:

    Wow. Way to employ any conceivable opportunity possible to bash Americans to make you feel better about yourself…and you reamed us twice in one posting! Now you can look at yourself in the mirror today! Way to go, Kev!

  10. guammike says:

    Computers are plenty secure – users however are not. Most Americans think they know everything because frankly we do. Unfortunately, you represent the small percentage of Americans who are holding the rest of us back. Why haven’t you moved yet?

  11. Dave says:

    It’s pretty sad that facebook doesn’t check out their advertisers before placing their ads everywhere. More reason to hate that worthless service…

  12. Bob Stemm says:

    Gee, thanks Kevin…I didn’t know that! So I guess what you are saying is true. This is from “clueless” in Tampa, Florida USA. Have a nice day…

  13. NavyTim says:

    Another reason to own a Mac

    1. Tom says:

      Or just try to avoid being stupid.

      1. ra44mr2 says:

        Yea the mac lets stupid people continue to be on the internet it seems. :p

    2. Hairy Herry says:

      Don’t laugh.. Remember that Macs were infected with a virus a few years ago due to Apple’s involvement in ITunes. True, Micro$0fT had such a soft view on network security in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but the “guinea pig” syndrome from their software isn’t near as bad as before.
      No matter what you use, be diligent and MAKE REGULAR BACKUPS!! I made good $$ teaching sheeple exactly that point after they opened up nonsense or visited pR0n sites.

  14. MAkiSov says:

    SEE??? This is what happens when you don’t release the official photographs. People get curious and others take advantage of that. THANKS A LOT WHITE HOUSE!

    1. scott says:

      This would happen even if photos are released. Virus distributors are very opportunistic. There are fakes of everything, everywhere you go. Best example would be with celebrity photos. Osama just happens to be the current popular one.

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