Osama Bin Laden Virus Warning Hoax – Spreading through Email Attachments
Type: Malware Related
Osama Bin Laden Virus Description:
This email hoax warns users that email messages offering pictures of Osama Bin Laden hanged or captured contain a destructive virus that causes affected systems to crash.
While the said email messages have been used by several malware, this warning, or variations of this warning, are already outdated. Users are therefore advised to keep their antivirus software up-to-date, and to refrain from forwarding similar messages to other users.
This was the Original Message in Email:
PLEASE INFORM EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and
the moment that you open these emails your computer will crash
and you will not be able to fix it!
This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the
globe, but mainly in the US and Israel.
Don’t be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know.
If you get an email along the lines of “Osama Bin Laden Captured”
or “Osama Hanged” don’t open the attachment.