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Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden's death is key topic on Internet

By John Ribeiro (IDG News Service)

May 2, 2011 05:12 AM ET

The announcement late Sunday of the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has set the Internet abuzz, as users searched for information and shared their thoughts on the killing of one of the world's most wanted men.
In a late-night appearance at the White House, President Barack Obama said that bin Laden had been killed in a U.S. operation in Pakistan on Sunday.
Sohaib Athar, who uses the id @ReallyVirtual on Twitter, wrote "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)," followed shortly after by "A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S."
He now has more than 14,000 followers on the micro-blogging site. He moved to Abottabad from Lahore for some "peace and quiet," he said.

The events will provide an opportunity for malicious websites to infect computers by tricking users into visiting their sites for more information, warned security experts.

Cybercrooks can trick the search-ranking algorithms of popular search engines by feeding them fake pages to make their sites seem legitimate, increasing the chances that Internet users searching for news land on a site dispensing malware, warned Paul Ducklin, head of technology at IT security firm Sophos, in a post on the company's web site.

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