Users should be aware of potential email scams, fake antivirus, and phishing attacks regarding Osama Bin Laden's death. Email scams may contain links or attachments that may direct users to malicious websites. Fake antivirus attacks may come in the form of pop-ups that flash security warnings and ask the user for credit card information. Phishing emails and websites requesting personal information commonly appear after this type of news.
US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves:
- Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages.
- Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
- Review the Recognizing Fake Antivirus document for additional information regarding fake antivirus.
- Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks document for additional information on social engineering attacks.
- Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document for additional information on social engineering attacks.
- Review the related NCCIC Advisory (pdf) on Osama Bin Laden-Themed Phishing Attempts.