Osama Bin Laden Video Malware

The bad guys know you far too well. They know that all they have to do is say they have video footage of Bin Laden and many people will mindlessly click. As is always the case with any big news headlines, there are fake videos being posted with the intent of infecting your computer and other things you really aren’t looking for. The bad guys also understand search engine optimization (SEO) and know how to make their malicious sites show up early in the search results.

Always stick with well known sites for your news information. You can go to sites you haven’t heard of before, as long as they are coming recommended by friends and you know that your friend actually did recommend them. That means a simple email, IM or Facebook post doesn’t cut it… you don’t know if your friend’s account was compromised. You need to have a dialog with your friend.

The truth is that no matter what you are looking for the bad guys are trying to make sure you find their bad sites, however when it comes to natural disasters, such as the recent tornados in the south of the USA, Charlie Sheen, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, or celebrity news, the bad guys go into overdrive in trying to trick you into going to their web pages.

Look carefully at your search results and stick to well known sites. YouTube does not count as a well known site because they have virtually no control over what gets posted, hence it is a common place for the bad guys to post videos. The folks at YouTube are quite good at removing the bad posts, but it takes time.

Randy Abrams
Director of Technical Education
Cyber Threat Analysis Center
ESET North America

Author , ESET

  • Martijn Grooten


    natural disasters, such as Charlie Sheen

  • Joe

    So what are the results of clicking the OBL Death Video? Is it a virus? Malware? or Phishing?
    I accidentally clicked it on my phone.  :(

    • Aryeh Goretsky

      Hello Joe,

      Where there are a variety of malicious activities, the majority we have seen are around fake antivirus software and spam. As you were viewing this on your smartphone, it seems unlikely it would have been affected (there’s a lot less malware for these types of devices than, say, PCs), however, it probably would be a good idea to check it with an anti-malware program specific to your smartphone’s operating system.

      If you accessed any sites which require credentials like a username and password to login after attempting to view the site, it would be a good idea to login to those sites from your personal computer and change the password on them.


      Aryeh Goretsky

  • Joven

    thank you so much, i myself had been a victim of this videos,
    i thank eset for protecting mg computer,
    i use eset nod32 antivirus,
    thanks man,

  • Maryland

    And I thought I was the sensible one. Thanks for stiteng me straight.

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