London: With the world turning to the internet for more details of Osama Bin Laden’s death, cyber criminals are looking to make a killing by leveraging the big news through spam, phishing and malware.
The first spam using news of the dreaded terrorist`s death was out in the open within three hours of the event, and the scam quickly spread around the world, often through email and Facebook accounts.
In America the FBI has already warned Internet users about the dangers of these scams.
Agents say viruses which are downloaded are often programmed to steal personal information like email addresses, passwords and dates of birth, reports the BBC.
In a different type of scam people are also being tricked into handing over their personal details.
Another, known as clickjacking, works when people click on a fake video link and unwittingly give spammers access to their accounts.