A picture purporting to be of Osama bin Laden’s body that is doing the rounds on the Internet is a scam, and users who click on links to download either the picture or video footage of Sunday’s military operation risk infecting their PCs with malware.
The picture itself is said to be a composite of two pictures doctored to look like the bloodied corpse of Bin Laden.
The FBI has warned users to exercise caution when they receive e-mails that claim to show photos or videos of Osama bin Laden, as the content could be a virus that will damage their computers or steal their personal information.
“The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) urges computer users to not open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages,” it says in a statement. “Even if the sender is familiar, the public should exercise due diligence. Computer owners must ensure they have up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software running on their machines to detect and deflect malicious software.”
The IC3 recommends that users adjust the privacy settings on social networking sites they frequent to make it more difficult for people they know and do not know to post content to their pages.