Malware attackers will latch onto anything to push their evil, but the election of Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday has been a godsend to them.
There has been a wave of Obama spam, with links to videos of his victory speech. Of course, those links lead to sites where the supposed Adobe Flash plug-in is actually is malware executable file. In other instances those reading the spam are asked to download a .exe file – which is a Trojan. The headlines used by the spammers include ‘Obama’s Win Reshapes the Race’ and ‘Obama Wouldn’t Be First Black President,’ according to Vnunet.
However, security company Symantec has reported one novel new phishing variant. An e-mail offers readers an Obama DVD. To buy it, they’re asked to provide bank account details – which of course can then be easily harvested.
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