Good Morning again readers. We are taking the unusual step (since migrating to the blog anyway) of sending out a second posting today. This is because of the import of the information that has recently come to light. We here at DragonLaffs Headquarters felt that this situation represented a very credible and possible danger to our readers, so much so that we felt it was our duty to take this rare step.
Please read the information below and pay special heed to it. Forward the e-mail or link to the blog page ( https://dragonlaffs.com/2011/05/04/dragonleprechu…affs-psa-extra/ ) to all your friends and families. The last time this sort of issue occurred, back in June 2004, the damage done was considerable and those responsible are an order of magnitude more dangerous and sophisticated then back in 2004. You just might save yourself, a family member or someone you know a boat load of grief!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Breaking News
The FBI warns against e-mails claiming to show the death of bin Laden
The IC3, the Internet Cybercrimes Division of the FBI, warned Internet users against unsolicited emails that claim to show pictures or videos of the assassination of Osama bin Laden. In a statement released on Tuesday 3 May, the F.B.I. said that these e-mails may actually contain an attachment, the virus that can steal personal information or infect a computer.
According to the FBI, these malicious e-mails can be sent by friends or relatives who do not know they contain a virus. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also urges users to update their privacy settings on social networking sites to limit the release of unwanted links on their profile page.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) urges computer users to not open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages. 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 the public do the following:
- Adjust the privacy settings on social networking sites you frequent to make it more difficult for people you know and do not know to post content to your page. Even a “friend” can unknowingly pass on multimedia that’s actually malicious software.
- Do not agree to download software to view videos. These applications can infect your computer.
- Read e-mails you receive carefully. Fraudulent messages often feature misspellings, poor grammar, and nonstandard English.
- Report e-mails you receive that purport to be from the FBI. Criminals often use the FBI’s name and seal to add legitimacy to their fraudulent schemes. In fact, the FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails to the public. Should you receive unsolicited messages that feature the FBI’s name, seal, or that reference a division or unit within the FBI or an individual employee, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
Additionally Several Versions Of SPAM and Malware Are Emerging
The computer security company Sophos has also warned that other risks exist to spread malware by e-mail. The company said in the case of spam, the email text has the appearance of an item of information, and points to a link, which is actually fraudulent. Sophos has also stressed that malicious programs are spreading virally, through social networks like Facebook. Links claiming to show footage of bin Laden being killed by US troops and photos of the dead terrorist are already doing rounds on popular social networking sites like Facebook. Some links on Facebook claim that “exclusive footage” that will “leave you speechless” has been leaked by “Wikileaks” and organizations like “CNN”, playing on users’ curiosity to see the world’s most wanted terrorist in his last moments.
The message, which purports to show the video of the death of bin Laden, requires the user to “love” a Facebook page and then requires him to answer a survey, which has absolutely nothing to do with the head Al-Qaeda. Once a user clicks on the link, it is automatically pasted on the walls of all his contacts. “Cyber criminals are making money every time the survey is completed, so they have every interest in ensuring that the link be widely disseminated,” concludes Sophos.
assembled and edited for readability for your cyber protection and safety by the LethalLeprechaun from the following sources: