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ALERT: Spammers spread phony Osama bin Laden photos, videos

Computer security firms are trying to spread the word about spammers and scammers using Osama bin Laden to target computers.

If you're a Facebook user, you've likely seen friends post updates to their wall, alerting you to video of Osama bin Laden's killing. Once you click on the link, you're told to hit "Like" in order to share the link with friends and see the content. Once you do that, you're lead to a survey. There is no video.

That's how the spam spreads.


hey get somebody to send it out so it looks like it's somebody you know who's sending the email," said Vicki Sauter, a management information systems professor at The University of Missouri St. Louis.



To avoid trouble, Sauter says to avoid random links that are emailed to you or shared via social networking sites.

You'll either find spam, instead of new information or you'll open your computer up to malware.

Some internet searches are redirecting users to sites that ask you to download a video player. Sometimes, a phony "virus scan" option will pop up and once users agree to the scan, they've actually downloaded a virus. explains how some web searches were "poisoned" by cyber criminals:

Security firm, SOPHOS, offers tips on what to avoid when you surf for new information:

If you're concerned you've clicked on a bad link, Sauter says you should close your virus and run your own virus scan. Make sure the virus software you've purchased or installed on your computer is conducting the scan. For example, if you know you've bought McAfee or Symatic, use their scans.

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