Only hours after his death was confirmed, third-tier Internet criminals were using Bin Laden's face to infect computers worldwide
After being persuaded by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, President Obama will not be releasing the graphic photographs of Osama Bin Laden's corpse, according to the New York Times. "There is no doubt that we killed Osama Bin Laden," Obama reportedly told a representative from 60 Minutes. "We don't need to spike the football." But that hasn't stopped many people -- including Scott Brown, the junior senator from Massachusetts -- from talking about the photos as if they've already seen them. And that's because they think they have.
Only hours after the death of the mastermind behind September 11 was announced on Sunday evening, Photoshopped images of his head, complete with two gunshot entry wounds above the left eye as detailed in reports, were circulating the Internet.
"Osama Dead - Censored Video Leaked!" screamed a link that was shared on my personal Facebook wall earlier this afternoon. (See the photo at the top of this page.) One of my friends, apparently, had fallen for a clickjacking scam, a type of third-tier Internet crime we've detailed in this space before whereby users are tempted into clicking on a link that allows a third party to hijack their account information and continue the scam's march across the Internet. "Osama is dead, watch this exclusive CNN video which was censored by Obama Administration due to level of violence, a must watch. Leaked by Wikileaks.!" read the link's description, in full. The giveaway, in addition to the poor grammar? The link leads to x.co. Doesn't look like a reliable source to me.