It's not just malware authors who are taking advantage of the death of Libya's Colonel Gaddafi.
Scammers and fraudsters are exploiting what they see as a money-making opportunity too.
Hackers have spammed out an attack, posing as pictures of the death of Libya's Colonel Gaddafi.
The messages pose as photographs from the AFP news agency.
The New York Times reported today that US military officials considered using cyber weapons to aid in the attacks on Libya earlier this year. Officials allegedly reconsidered concerned about setting a dangerous precedent.
I was contacted this morning to assist Mrs. M. Gaddafi with "sheltering" $40 million... Is it my lucky day or possibly the beginning of an identity theft scam?
With heavy fighting reaching the compound of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi's compound, hackers have also taken virtual arms overnight and defaced the website of domain name registry nic.ly.
Outbreaks of violence in Libya between the-powers-that-be and groups opposed to Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi are causing many people to flee the country for safer shores.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, scammers aren't being slow to take advantage of the breaking news story.