Bin Laden-Related Scams Terrorize Search Engine Servers

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The death of notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden has caused an influx in Internet activity; curious users have intensely probed search engines for information linked to bin Laden following his May 1 death.

Google and other popular search engines have been susceptible to Internet scammers after news that a United States Navy SEAL operation had killed Osama bin Laden in a fortified luxury home in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which has dominated headlines for over a week.

According to an report, Yahoo, Bing, and Google “exploded with the volume of bin Laden-related queries as people turned to the Internet for the latest dblackhat SEO via Google Images, according to a SecureList blog post.

The news comes on the heels of another recent security breach. Sony reportedly took measures to secure the remaining servers a group of hackers claims it had access to, shutting off any avenues for another attack.

Sony Online Entertainment shut down its services last week following concerns that a hacker may have had access to names, birth dates and other personal information of its users.

In a notification to its customers last week, Sony said it previously believed that SOE customer data had not been obtained in the late-April cyber-attacks on the company, but on May 1, concluded that SOE account information may have been stolen.

Whether you are setting up a temporary network or adding servers to an existing network, if your network provides Internet access, it’s always a good idea to rent or plan to install you own virus protection software, according to server experts at Vernon Computer Source.

When taking advantage of any of our server rental products, make sure to order all the necessary cabling, high speed routers and/or wireless access points for a high performance network.

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