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Charlie Sheen Found Dead at Home Video Could Infect Your Computer With a
Summary of the eRumor: This is a warning posted on
the popular Facebook web site that alerts readers that the actor
Charlie Sheen has been found dead at his home. The warning says
that clicking a link to a video report can result in a computer virus
The Truth: Actor Charlie Sheen is not
The warning of a virus
infection is inaccurate. It is not a virus that infects computers
with malware but actually a scam that uses "clickjacking"
to load computer displays with pop up ads.
Clickjacking is an
attempt to trick Internet users into disclosing their confidential
information or takes over control of their computer after web surfers
have clicked on a link that offers information.
According to the Internet security site,
Sophos, the warnings claim to have a "link to a grotesque video of
Charlie Sheen being found dead at his house, following a cardiac
arrest." When readers click that link it takes them to a FbVideo
or FouTube web site "designed to lure ghoulish voyeurs into
taking an online survey."
Similar clickjacking scams have appeared on the Internet involving
celebrities Christina Aguilera and Emma Watson.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet::
VIRUS ALERT! Please neighbors re-post this as often as possible::
"Charlie Sheen found dead at home" Is a virus!! It is very believable so
of course people are going to click on it and this is why we need to
look after our neighbors and keep re-posting this to ensure that they
see it. Remember not everyone is on at this time so re-post......
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