The death of Gaddafi, the former leader of Libya, has sprung cybercriminals looking to take advantage of the news story, and unsuspecting Internet surfers trying to find images and videos of his last moments alive.
Hackers have spammed out an attack posing as pictures of Gaddafi’s death, tricking users into believing that they came from the AFP news agency and are being forwarded by a fellow internet user, according to Sophos.
The message reads:
Subject: Fw: AFP Photo News: Bloody Photos: Libya dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s Death
Libya dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s Death
Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the most wanted man in the world, has been killed, the country’s rebel government claimed Oct. 20. The flamboyant tyrant who terrorized his country and much of the world during his 42 years of despotic rule was cornered by insurgents in the town of Sirte, where Gadhafi had been born and a stronghold of his supporters.
Attached file: Bloody Photos_Gadhafi_Death.rar
Windows computer users who decompress the attached file are putting their PCs at risk of infection. The RAR archive file creates a malicious file.