The death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is driving huge public interest in viewing photos and videos of his last moments - and providing cybercriminals with an opportunity to ensnare the morbidly curious surfers.
Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the news by sending scam images of Gaddafi’s body, tricking users into believing the e-mail comes from news agency AFP. Once the file is opened, their computers are at risk of malware infection.
The message is:
<<Subject: Fw: AFP Photo News: Bloody Photos: Libya dictator Moammar Gadhafi's Death>>
Message body: Libya dictator Moammar Gadhafi's Death
Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the most wanted man in the world, has been killed, the country's rebel government claimed Oct. 20. The flamboyant tyrant who terrorized his country and much of the world during his 42 years of despotic rule was cornered by insurgents in the town of Sirte, where Gadhafi had been born and a stronghold of his supporters.
Attached file: Bloody Photos_Gadhafi_Death.rar >>
“As unlikely as the legitimacy of these emails may seem – in this case, the latest photos being forwarded to you in an email attachment – the news is often just too interesting for people to ignore,” says Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley. “Internet users need to be sensible when it comes to a top news story, and not throw their security suspicions regarding links and unsolicited attachments out the window, in search of the latest revelations or shocking images.”