Osama Bin Laden Found Hanged

Osama Bin Laden was found hanged by two CNN journalists early Wednesday evening. As evidence they took several photos, some of which i have included here.

As yet, this information has not hit the headlines due to Bush wanting confirmation of his identity but the journalists have released some early photos over the internet..


Now for the bad news

The bad news, of course, is that it isn’t true.

This is an email hoax, with and added, and nasty, twist in the tail.

The URL at the end, which supposedly links to a zip file containing photographic proof, actually leads to an infected host with a simple web server set up on it to allow people to download files direct from the users IP address turned host.

Any files downloaded thus will be infected with a nasty little virus / trojan known as BackDoor-AZV.gen

So don’t be clicking on any links!

The truth

Osama Bin Laden is still alive.


The email is very much a hoax, though unlike others, it is very much harmful if you follow any links contained within it.

The reason such ‘viral emails’ work is that the title and content are deliberately appealing.

I guess that’s what they call it the dark side of marketing huh?

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