Thursday, May 05, 2011
The hype over some artificially created photos of the Bin Laden is potentially more problematic than just being fake. According to the “Internet Crime Complaint Center”, links in those e-mail messages that claim to show photos or videos, likely contain malware that could compromise users’ computers, embedding itself into contact lists and eventually infecting the systems of others. This is a continued example of social engineering that utilizes emotions and curiosity to create havoc on computer systems.
Please do not open unsolicited e-mail messages, and to be cautious even of messages that seem to come from someone you know. The same center also warned users to increase the privacy settings on social media sites they use since these same links could find there way to “user friendly” applications.