Debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams since 2003!

Hoax-Slayer Logo Hoax-Slayer Logo

DividerDivider
Home    About    New Articles    RSS Feed    Subscriptions    Contact
DividerDivider


Site Navigation










Issue 87 - November 2008 - Page 10

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. One Wing Plane Landing - Best Air Race Pilot Ever Video
  2. Tammy Burned Dog Email Petition
  3. SMS Advance Fee Prize Scam
  4. Door To Hell Gas Fire Photographs
  5. Denmark Whaling Shame Protest Email
  6. Fidel Castro Sector Zero Virus Warning
  7. Babysitting Overpayment Scam
  8. Home in A Garbage Truck
  9. Painted Feather Images
  10. Obama Malware Emails
  11. Exxon Mobil International Award Advance Fee Scam
  12. House Removal Bridge Accident Photographs
  13. News From Japan - Update on Banking Crisis (Joke)

Issue 87 Start Menu

Previous Article            Next Article

Obama Malware Emails

In the wake of the US Presidential election, inboxes around the world are being hit by malware emails supposedly providing news about Barack Obama's historic win. Soon after the results were announced the first batch of bogus "news" emails were sent out. These messages claim to provide news about the election and contain a link that supposedly opens a video showing Obama's "amazing" acceptance speech. However, clicking the link opens a webpage that claims that, in order to view the video, the user is required to download what appears to be a new version of Adobe Flash Player. In fact, the download is not a flash player at all, but a trojan that, once installed, can collect sensitive personal information from the infected computer and send it to a remote server. The emails arrive with a variety of subject lines.

Criminals regularly exploit major news events and it is not surprising that they have chosen to target the US election results. Malware distributors are likely to continue to exploit the election over the coming weeks and months. Internet users should be very caution of any unsolicited emails claiming to link to news, videos or photographs concerning the election. If you receive such a message, do not click on any links contained in the email or open any attachments that it may contain.





References:
US Presidential Malware
Blizzard of US Presidential malware
Spammers use 'Obama' emails to load trojans



Previous Article            Next Article

Issue 87 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. One Wing Plane Landing - Best Air Race Pilot Ever Video
  2. Tammy Burned Dog Email Petition
  3. SMS Advance Fee Prize Scam
  4. Door To Hell Gas Fire Photographs
  5. Denmark Whaling Shame Protest Email
  6. Fidel Castro Sector Zero Virus Warning
  7. Babysitting Overpayment Scam
  8. Home in A Garbage Truck
  9. Painted Feather Images
  10. Obama Malware Emails
  11. Exxon Mobil International Award Advance Fee Scam
  12. House Removal Bridge Accident Photographs
  13. News From Japan - Update on Banking Crisis (Joke)