SOURCE: BitDefender

BitDefender

May 02, 2011 13:13 ET

Malware Piggybacking Osama's Death Is to Be Expected

Rogue AV, PDF Exploits, Black-Hat SEO Will Make Today's Headlines

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2011) - Osama bin Laden's death is making headlines all across the world and is quickly becoming the biggest topic being searched on the Web. Among regular search results, BitDefender®, an award winning provider of innovative Internet security solutions, is warning users to beware of malware that could compromise the security of their PCs. Since last night, BitDefender has been monitoring malicious activity related to the subject and have identified some of the "classical" threats building on the breaking news that could infect users' systems.

Breaking News, the Storm Worm Stile

While the initial announcement of bin Laden's death happened just hours ago, generous amounts of fake news pieces related to the subject have started to flood search engine queries. PDF exploits are soon expected to appear as mail attachments since media headlines have always inspired cyber crooks in their lucrative daily work. This approach was successfully used years ago by the now defunct Storm Worm. Since these PDF exploits are to be expected, BitDefender urges users to be wary of any PDF file allegedly carrying breaking news, as these PDF files could infect the user's system.

Rogue links and Fake AV

BitDefender also foresees cyber-crooks in the fake antivirus business to cash in on Bin Laden's death. BitDefender is warning users who are researching the subject to ensure the sites visited are legitimate Web pages. A series of websites hosted with free domain provider, co.cc, are heavily optimized for keywords such as "bin Laden death." Users clicking on these links will be presented with a fake scanner page and will then be prompted to download a rogue antivirus utility. If looking for more information about Osama Bin Laden's death, users should consider visiting websites from known and trusted news sources.

Lastly, another e-threat BitDefender predicts users may see could come in for form of a newsletter. Remember, newsletters don't come with attachments; if a users receives such messages from unknown senders, BitDefender recommends the newsletter be promptly deleted.

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