Osama Bin Laden Hoax

Facebook hoaxes often focus on the latest news releases. Piggybacking on popular news stories helps the hoaxes spread more urgently.

That’s the case with recent posts that claim to provide video and pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s death. The funny thing about these hoaxes, though, is that a counter hoax has risen.

Here’s a popular version of a Bin Laden post: Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to fix it! If you get an e-mail along the lines of ‘Osama Bin Laden Captured’ or ‘Osama Hanged’, don’t open the Attachment!!!!   This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe, but mainly in the  US  and   Israel .  Be considerate & send this warning to whomever  you know.

A quick deconstruction of the message: 1- yes, there are hoaxes about Osama Bin Laden that contain viruses. 2- The viruses aren’t as vicious as they sound (what’s the point of a virus that causes a computer to crash? Hackers are much more likely to use viruses that steal information). 3- Bin Laden wasn’t hanged. Good grief, people, read the actual news for a change instead of just your Fb “recent news” feed. 4- I’d hardly call it considerate to send out mass emails and wall posts about a hoax that you haven’t researched.

Are their hoaxes being spread with news about Bin Laden’s death? Yes. Will the viruses contained in these posts kill you or your computer? No. Inflammatory statements don’t actually help anyone. Please stick to the facts when you want to warn your friends about online scams.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on May 10, 2011.

One Response to “Osama Bin Laden Hoax”

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