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Tuesday May 3, 2011 1:52 pm

The dude that ‘livetweeted’ the bin Laden raid got hacked

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Social Media, Software,

Sohaib Athar, the man who accidentally livetweeted the raid on Osama bin Laden has been hacked, he confirmed via Twitter.

Athar, who goes by the Twitter handle @ReallyVirtual, said early this morning that his blog, which was linked via his Twitter page, had been infected with malware. Websense, for its part, said in a blog post that the poorly detected malware used a "blackhole exploit kit" to serve the malware. Not surprisingly, Websense said that its customers were protected.

"Anyone going to this page would also load content from the malicious URL above, and the Blackhole Exploit Kit would then try to use several exploits to automatically install malware on the PC," the firm wrote. "The malware that the drive-by-download attempts to install is a fake system tool named 'WindowsRecovery' that claims to have found problems on the victim's computer."

The malware then would have hidden all the files and folders in the user's hard drive and desktop - then offer to restore them for a price, which a Websense graphic indicated was $79.50.

It wasn't clear from Athar's account whether he had successfully removed the malware from his blog or taken it down.

According to The New York Times, credit for the first leak of the raid on bin Laden went to Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for Donald Rumsfeld and a former Navy intelligence officer. His tweet, "So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn," was credited by The Times as the first to report the news.

Urbahn later tweeted, "Don't know if its true, but let's pray it is." He also speculated on the means that bin Laden was killed: "Highly unlikely that if we had credible info on UBL's location that Hellfires from a drone would be the weapon of choice."

Urbahn, however, later denied breaking the story, allowing Athar to become an interview subject. Al-Jazeera, Reuters, and other publications reached Athar for an interview, he tweeted; Athar's follower count has also climbed to over 82,000 followers.

This article, written by Mark Hachman, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.



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