Website Linked to Osama Bin-Laden Tweet Hijacked
Athar who's nicknamed @ReallyVirtual on Twitter stated, on May 2, 2011 that the blog he ran featuring a connection with his Twitter web-page had contracted a malware infection. PCMag.com published this in news on May 2, 2011.
Unluckily, hackers had hijacked the website, which they used for serving malware created with the Blackhole Exploit toolkit, while the malware had a poor detection rate. Anybody visiting this web-page and downloading substance from it was likely to cause the Blackhole Exploit Kit utilizing many attack codes for mechanically planting malicious software on that person's computer.
The malicious software will then have concealed every file stored on his computer while claim that they can be brought back to the original state if he pays a price of $79.50, as per an indication by Websense.
Stated Senior Security Researcher Patril Runald at Websense, no one knew how malware permeated into the website; however, it was operating an obsolete WordPress edition and likely had attack prone plug-ins. SCMagazine published this in news on May 2, 2011.
Furthermore, researchers at Kaspersky are monitoring scams on Facebook which revolve around the most recent incident of Bin Laden for pulling out users' confidential data like their e-mail ids.
In the meantime, SophosLabs outlines certain precautionary measures to remain safe from these scams and their malicious infections. It says that end-users must make sure prior to following any web-link associated with the recent news on any social network or through e-mail.
The web-links in general appear perfectly genuine. However, a few nearly are surely dubious, intentionally disseminated for deceiving the user so he may enter unfavorable zones on the Internet
States Paul Ducklin researcher at SophosLabs, any time an end-user visits a web-site anticipating details related to a particular subject; however, is diverted onto some other destination then he should instantly exit from it for, that could be a scam. Msnbc.com published this in news on May 2, 2011.
Nevertheless, end-users must be particularly careful regarding the latest event, as usually, cyber-criminals utilize luring captions for getting the former to follow harmful web-links that redirect them onto websites contaminated with malware.
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