Virus: "Obama Acceptance Speech" or "Amazing Speech by Obama"
[Collected via e-mail, November, 2008]
It has recently been brought to our attention that some scam emails are being propagated with a subject line of any of the following. Please do not open any of these messages, simply delete them.
McCane dies of heart attack
Amazing speech by Obama
Election Center 2008: Primary Results
World Welcomes Obama's Win
Barack Obama in Danger - McCain will fight for president post
These email messages may appear to be from legitimate news sources, and will try to lure you into clicking on a link that will direct you to a malicious web site, or opening an infected video clip or attachment.
[Collected via e-mail, December, 2008]
This email came from a source at the Secret Service, so please be aware of any mails with the subject line below.
THERE IS AN EMAIL WITH SUBJECT LINE OBAMA ACCEPTANCE SPEECH FLOATING AROUND WITH A TROJAN HORSE ATTACHMENT.
DO NOT OPEN FOR ANY REASON. DELETE IMMEDIATELY.
THE TROJAN STEALS ALL PASSWORDS AND USER IDS.
SPREAD THE WORD.
Do not open ("Obama Acceptance Speech").
Origins: Messages purporting to offer links to news sites or videos with information about a current news event of great importance have long been used as successful virus lures, and the U.S. presidential election of November 2008 offered another prime opportunity for a renewed flood of malware-spreading spam. Carrying subject lines advertising news such as the following, this crop of messages appeared to originate with legitimate news sources and offered recipients links to view a video of President-Elect Barack Obama's post-election speech:
A new president, a new congress ...
Barack Obama wins
Can Obama win popular vote but lose election?
Did Obama Win Yet?
Election 2008: Time lapse of U.S. counties
Election Center 2008 - Election Results
Election Night Results
Fear of a Black President
Obama win an Electoral College majority
Obama win Defined by Race
Obama win preferred in world poll
Obama win sets stage for showdown
Obama Wouldnt Be First Black President
Obama's Win Reshapes the Race
Priorities for the New President - TIME
The new President's cabinet?
USA Election 2008 Results
Will American Voters Elect a Black President
World Welcomes Obama's Win
The enclosed video links direct recipients to a malicious web site that tries to trick users into downloading a file (Adobe_flash9.exe) purportedly offering an updated version of Adobe Flash but actually harboring password-stealing malware.
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