Osama bin Laden photos on the Internet wage jihad against your hard drive [UPDATE]
Osama bin Laden is dead. His body was buried at sea. The White House and the Pentagon have photos of the U.S. raid on his compound in Pakistan, but they haven't released the pictures to the public.
There's obviously a huge demand to see a photo or video of bin Laden with a bullet through his skull. But if you see an e-mail, or a tweet, or a Facebook update that offers you a link to those grisly images, DON'T click on it.
The FBI has issued an all-points bulletin that those links will land a virus on your hard drive with malware designed to wage jihad against your personal data.
The FBI today warns computer users to exercise caution when they receive e-mails that purport to show photos or videos of Usama bin Laden's recent death. This content could be a virus that could damage your computer. This malicious software, or "malware," can embed itself in computers and spread to users' contact lists, thereby infecting the systems of associates, friends, and family members. These viruses are often programmed to steal your personally identifiable information.
UPDATE: Obama tells "60 Minutes that the real photos are staying under wraps. There's no need to "spike the football.
STEVE KROFT: Did you see the pictures?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Yes.
STEVE KROFT: What was your reaction when you saw them?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It was him.
STEVE KROFT: Why haven't you released them?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: You know- we discussed this internally. Keep in mind that- we are absolutely certain this was him. We've done DNA- sampling- and testing. And- and so there is no doubt that- we killed- Osama bin Laden. It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head- are not floating around- as- an incitement to additional violence. As a propaganda tool. You know, that's not who we are. You know, we don't trot out this stuff as trophies. You know, the fact of the matter is this was somebody who was- deserving of the justice that he received. And I think- Americans and people around the world are glad that he's gone. But- but we don't need to spike the football.
The nearest you're going to get to seeing bin Laden's death for now is this picture from the White House situation room taken Monday, showing the president, the secretaries of defense and state, and other key aides watching the takedown.
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