Consumer Computer Alert with Usama bin Laden (Pls Share)

by on May 4, 2011

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Consumer Alert from Consumer-Bits:

As is the nature of some “folk” who like to take advantage of the latest trend, so too are they taking advantage of the Usama bin Laden situation.

The FBI itself has announced a consumer alert warning the public that there are a flurry of emails and Facebook and Twitter links and such purporting to show either images or video of the situation related to bin Laden’s death.

Yet the links and such have destructive computer viruses associated with them on the other side.

“This malicious software, or “malware,” can embed itself in computers and spread to users’ contact lists, thereby infecting the systems of associates, friends, and family members. These viruses are often programmed to steal your personally identifiable information.”

With that, I am going to reiterate a few warnings, suggestions and some common sense practice about dealing with computer viruses.

First, the common sense:

This military action was a classified OP conducted by a classified team of SEAL team members.  Do you really think that these patriots would start running around like entertainment industry staff and start leaking data from this operation?

Don’t be fooled by anything saying it is something from that OP.

Second, the Precautions:

Since this thing infects address lists, it will be replicating itself out to that persons’ distribution list.  That means you may be getting something that looks exciting from someone you know.

If that buddy of yours wasn’t on the SEAL team or part of the White House staff that was involved in this action, and you’re on a computer connected to the internet, think twice before opening or even clicking on any link.  (Actually, in cases like this, the person would never even say they were involved.  Period.)

Just heading off to a link could be all it takes to snag you.

Third, more Computer Precautions:

Don’t open things from folks that you know, that seem curious, interesting or out of place for that person.  Before doing anything with the link that you received, open a brand new email window and email this person and ask them if they’ve sent you something.

My hard lesson came many years ago when my grandmother “sent” me an email that tried to wipe my hard drive.  Thanks grandma!  NOT.

To be honest, these precautions can be allied to any spam email you might get.

Remember, if you receive emails from your bank or other critical organization that you do business with and they send you links to use in these “helpful” emails, the best thing you can do is close out that email altogether, open a new browser window, log on to that service and look at your message alerts there to see if they’ve sent you any messages.

Period.  Never get comfortable with the process.  That will be the time something goes awry and you get snagged by one of these stupid computer viruses!

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Usama bin Laden FBI Computer Warning:

http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/malicious-software-features-usama-bin-laden-links-to-ensnare-unsuspecting-computer-users

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