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Issue 137 - August 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 21

Email Claiming US Gold Medal Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas Faces Lifetime Ban Used to Spread Malware

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Recently discovered emails claim that United States Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, Gold Medalist in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, is facing a lifetime ban after testing positive for a banned diuretic. 

Brief Analysis
The email prompts the reader to follow a link to view a faked YouTube page that is used to spread malware.    

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Last updated: August 6, 2012
First published: August 6, 2012
Article researched and written by David M. White
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Subject: Huge scandal with the USA Women's Gymnastics Team

Recent Olympic gold medal winner, USA Women's Gymnastics winner Gabrielle Douglas, faces a lifetime ban after reportedly testing positive to banned diuretic furosemide. With details of the case still emerging, British Olympics Committee has ordered a suspension of the athlete until final results arrive.

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Gaberielle Douglas Malware

Detailed Analysis
The experts at Appriver have recently discovered this email, noting it is being spread by at least 30 different domains.  The fake YouTube tactic has been used a number of times in the past to spread malware by prompting the viewer that they must update to a newer version of Flash Video Player.   The download is actually an executable file that installs malware which turns the victim’s computer into a zombie part of the Pushdo botnet.  

The purported subjects of these fake videos are socially engineered to be enticing to potential viewers by using titillating or controversial subjects; in this case, a newly crowned Olympic champion being disgraced in a non-existent doping scandal. Because the Olympics are an international event that crosses almost all cultural barriers, viewers should also be alert for any similar attacks using stories about any other Olympic gold medalists.

While this is currently only spreading via email, it is always possible that enterprising cybercriminals will eventually turn out a Facebook targeted version.  As always, readers are encouraged to use common sense and critical thinking before clicking on links with shocking or salacious titles.  Even if it is from someone you know, would they really be sending you something of that nature?  And of course always make certain your antivirus software is up to date.

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Fake Gabby Douglas YouTube Videos Spreading Botnet Infection
New tool creates fake YouTube pages for spreading malware
Pushdo botnet
Spam Alert: Video of Gabby Douglas Banned from Olympics for Using Drugs

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Issue 137 Start Menu

Pages in this issue:
  1. Anti Text-Driving Message - Car Wedged Under Truck Image
  2. Nationwide Phishing Scam Emails
  3. Faux Image - Double Sunset on Mars
  4. Microsoft Cyber-Crime Department Phishing Scam
  5. Does A Photo Depict A Puppy Being Forced to Drink Vodka?
  6. Post Circulating Claims Hotel Made Disabled US Veteran Crawl Down Stairs
  7. AFL vs NRL - Wrongdoings of Australian Members of Parliament Hoax
  8. Phishing Scam
  9. Another Facebook Sick Baby Hoax - Baby With Brain Cancer
  10. Circulating Opinion Piece - 'Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive's Worst Nightmare'
  11. Fake Three (Or Seven) Headed Snake Image
  12. Misleading Health Advice Email - 'Mayo Clinic on Aspirin and Heart Attacks'
  13. Facebook Survey Scam - Free Argos Gift Card
  14. 'Email Deactivation Warning' Phishing Scam
  15. Anti-Obama Youtube Video Compiles Multiple Conspiracy Theories
  16. Fake AT&T Bill Emails Point To Malware
  17. Messages Claim Coca Cola to be Banned In Bolivia
  18. 'Free Apple Product' Text Message Survey Scam
  19. Circulating Warning - Facebook May Close Down Animal Rescue Account'
  20. 2012 FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Advance Fee Scam
  21. Email Claiming US Gold Medal Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas Faces Lifetime Ban Used to Spread Malware
  22. Bigpond Security Service Phishing Scam
  23. Wrestling Star John Cena is NOT Dead
  24. Hoax - NASA Predicts Total Blackout of Planet in Dec 2012
  25. Wrestling Star Undertaker is NOT Dead
  26. Colin And Chris Weir Donation Programme Advance Fee Scam
  27. US EPA Regulations Force Power Plant Closures
  28. 'View Facebook Followers' Scam Targets Twitter Users
  29. Lloyds TSB 'New Banking Authentication' Phishing Scam
  30. Faux Image - Pilots Protesting Chemtrails
  31. Telstra Bill Account Update Phishing Scam
  32. McDonald's Signboard Supporting Chick-Fil-A
  33. ABSA 'Authorized EFT Payment Received' Phishing Scam
  34. Hoax Picture - Obama Holding Phone Upside Down
  35. 'eBay Item Not Received' Phishing Scam Email
  36. Wells Fargo 'Security Check' Phishing Scam
  37. False Warnings - 'Cleaning out Friends List' Questions on Facebook Contain Viruses or are Posted by Hackers