Hackers tap in to Obamamania

Hackers seeking to exploit the global interest in Barack Obama’s sweeping election victory have bought their way to the top of the Google results page.For most of this afternoon, searches involving the keyword Obama generated a sponsored link reading “Download Now” at the top of the results page. People who clicked on the link would reach a web page infected with malicious software.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5091651.ece‘Obama Trojan’ Rides Coattails of President-Elect
Barack Obama’s victory in yesterday’s U.S. presidential election is turning out to be bad news for hundreds of thousands of users whose computers are being infected by malware that bears his name.Several security tool vendors — including Cloudmark, Sophos, and Websense — today are reporting massive amounts of spam messages that promise video clips of an “amazing” Obama speech, election news results, or interviews with Obama’s advisers. These messages are carriers of malware that can compromise users’ PC, researchers say. The three vendors offered differing descriptions of the attack, which suggests it may be working under different disguises. But screen shots provided by both Cloudmark and Sophos contained identical photos and text, indicating that much of the traffic is being generated by a single exploit.
http://www.darkreading.com/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212000783Spammers Latch on to Obama Victory
President-elect Barack Obama’s campaign leveraged social networking all the way to victory in last night’s election. But Obama’s online presence has attracted some problems, too.Hackers are sending out spam e-mails in English and one in Spanish linking to a Web site purporting to contain a video showing an interview with Obama’s advisors. Clicking on the video downloads a Trojan, said security vendor Websense.
http://www.internetnews.com/security/article.php/3783161Beware of Obama spam
President-elect Barack Obama has prompted another landslide – this time in spam instead of votes.On Wednesday, SophosLabs discovered a massive spam attack that stems from an e-mail offering news and a video clip from Obama’s victory.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/110508-obama-spam.htmlMalware Piggybacks on Obama Win
Cyber criminals are blasting out massive amounts of spam touting a video of President-elect Barack Obama’s victory speech. Recipients who click the included link are taken to a site that prompts visitors to install an Adobe Flash Player update. The bogus update, however, is actually a data-stealing Trojan horse.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/11/malware_piggybacks_on_obama_wi.htmlObama-themed malware on the rise
Within hours of settling the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, spam seen worldwide began incorporating the name and image of Barack Obama, according to various security vendors. The U.K.’s Sophos reported 60 percent of all spam seen by the lab on Wednesday was in some way Obama related.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10083070-83.htmlHackers leverage Obama win for massive malware campaign
Hackers have seized on the results of the U.S. presidential election to launch a major malware campaign that tries to trick users into installing an update to Adobe Systems Inc.’s Flash, but actually plants a Trojan horse on unprotected PCs, security experts warned today.

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