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April 11th, 2008

Spam Promoting Obama’s Video Confessions Installs Trojan

Spammers and cyber criminals began to employ Senator Barack Obama popularity to leverage their malicious activities. A new spam run that TrendLabs has recently come across features spammed e-mail messages that entice readers to click a link, which supposedly has a video of Obama’s confessions regarding “his transsexual affairs”. The links lead to the download of the file Barack_Obama-videostream.v182.exe, which Trend Micro detects as BKDR_AGENT.ABTQ.

The upcoming U.S. elections have been targeted by spammers before. Senator Hillary Clinton, Obama’s main rival in the Democratic presidential nomination race, also became the subject of spamming activities last February, while another candidate, Congressman Ron Paul, had been featured in 2008 U.S. election spams first salvo back in November. The two early spam runs, however, sounded in favor of the presidential hopefuls (despite installing malware onto systems). On the other hand, Barack Obama does not seem to have the spammers’ support in this spam run, which alludes to scandalous affairs in an effort to socially-engineer users to peruse salacious content.

As always, users should run latest anti-virus software and never click links they receive in email from unverified sources.

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