Osama brought to life in form of Facebook malware

The worlds most wanted man was killed yesterday and it appears that hackers quickly took advantage of the news by temporarily bringing him back to life in the form of malware.

Japanese Security Company, Trend Micro reported that criminals are taking full advantage of the news and have developed a piece of Facebook malware. The familiar chat virus was the first to spring up which read “watch the video of them killing osama bin laden live!” which came with a link to a Facebook page which would ultimately help you to infect yourself – how nice, nothing better than some self-infection.

The page typically asks you to like the page, copy the video URL (which was actually a piece of JavaScript code) and paste it into your address bar - of course if you did that, you were a victim of the virus. The code that you’re actually pasting into your address bar calls upon a second file from an infected website and then progresses to infect all your friends by sending them the same Facebook chat message that you received.

The same method is used for the ‘See who views your profile’ type scams which also use the JavaScript code method.

Yesterday Neowin reported that a Twitter user was unwittingly reporting on the Osama details as they progressed. The announcement by President Obama happened hours after the Abbottabad based, IT consultant had become aware that Osama bin laden was living in his town.

 

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DaveBG said,
Completely agree! People on Facebook are idiots and the site is just a spam hole.

thats alot of people you don't know to be calling idiots FB is like anything else on the net do stupid things and you will eventually end up infected with whatever the latest crap that's doing the rounds.. use common sense and smidge of restraint then things aren't so bad

People are still following mainstream media?
big LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

and yeah malware is nothing new.... get used to it/welcome to the internets.

Ugh. I accidently clicked this an hour ago. I saw it on my friend's profile as I was saying Happy Birthday to him, and I clicked on it (another friend had shared it to him). So dumbly, I clicked on it, and it showed me a Facebook page where the directions were to copy and paste the link and then I could watch it, but instead it shared the link to virtually all my friend's Facebook page.

I had to go thru my profile and track down the friends that received it and delete one by one. I posted what was going on, and reported the spam to Facebook using the 'x' button next to the nefarious link. Darn social engineering scams.

Awesome... I should end up getting a ton of computers to work on in the coming weeks!! I hate facebook and will never have one but I love it for the ability to really give me some extra cash!

sava700 said,
Awesome... I should end up getting a ton of computers to work on in the coming weeks!! I hate facebook and will never have one but I love it for the ability to really give me some extra cash!

yeah its been so quiet at work, hopefully this latest outbreak will bring in the customers.

Received this plus many many others over the last few months. I know so many tards, it hurts

Facebook really need to do something to clean up their service though.

Someone sent it to me, didn't see any harm, luckily Ad Muncher redirected me away and saved me
(I'd never have copy/pasted that JS code though)

astroX said,
Wait for the Osama flash/non-flash games ... 3, 2, 1 ...

Yea i bet this game would be so cool in HTML 5! h.264 cutscenes (;

Edrick Smith said,
I freaking hate scum of the world who develops crap like this, I even further hate people who fall for it and get infected.

so basically you hate dumbasses. we get it.