As the web world buzzing around with the death news of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi; photos and videos of what appears to be his severely wounded dead body also started circulating on internet and social networking sites – like Facebook and Twitter.
|Cyber Criminals May Try to Cash in Death News of Moammar Gaddafi|
But I'm writing this to warn you, as I did after the death news of Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs, THINK TWICE before clicking any link that promised to lead you to the exclusive photos/video of dead Moammar Gaddafi; otherwise you can be a victim of internet fraudsters and cyber criminals who are believed to be on hunt behind such global news/incidents.
Like in the past photos or links to photos/videos, including Steve Jobs funeral photos and alleged photos of Osama Bin Laden's dead body, can easily lead you to malicious websites that can harm you by any means.
Normally search engines decide which links are genuine partly by looking at user behavior; but when breaking news like death of Moammar Gaddafi circulates, however, there is no history for search engines to rely on and malicious links masked as news can rise higher in search results.
Another reason is that people often look such pics and photos from unusual sources. Websites or Twitter messages promise to link to a breaking topic and then lead instead to another site or virus. The Gaddafi photo is a prime candidate for this type of malicious links, so it’s wise to use caution when clicking.
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