Osama Bin Laden’s death generates surge of online scams, spam and emails

As with  other global news events, like the Royal Wedding and the recent Japan earthquake, cyber criminals are already coming out in full force to capitalize on news related to Osama bin Laden’s death, armed with poisoned spam samples, 419 scams and emails advertising “unseen footage” from bin Laden’s last moments.
With news of bin Laden’s death receiving more than four million page views per second on major news websites, Symantec experts are advising people to use best practices when searching for information online, including:

·         Use a trusted security suite – Make sure you are protecting your computer against unknown threats with a comprehensive security solution like Norton. You can also take advantage of free, downloadable tools like Norton Safe Web Lite and Norton Safe Web for Facebook to identify risky sites before you click on them.

·         Put yourself on high alert – Don’t open emails or attachments from people you don’t know, even if it sounds too good to be true. Online criminals commonly use shocking or sensational headlines in emails to lure people into falling for online scams.

·         Don’t click on that link! – Beware of shortened links found through social networking news feeds – they may be redirecting you to fake websites laden with malicious software. Manually enter website addresses into your browser to make sure you’re getting the news from trusted websites.

More information about the scams related to bin Laden’s death can be found on this blog posting:  www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/osama-dead-no-longer-hoax

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