Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2012]
Sounds hokey to me. However, one can't be too cautious these days. Is this true?
Origins: In October 2012, many Internet users were spammed with an
The news that the Republican candidate had seemingly opened such a wide lead in the presidential contest was sure to entice many recipients into clicking on the provided link to read the details of the teased story. However, that link led not to the CNN site, but to a page redirecting users to some malicious code which can load a Java-based Trojan and relay information about which exploits exist on a victim's computer back to a BlackHole server, as noted by Sophos:
The machine I was surfing from was not vulnerable to any of the exploits currently deployed in Blackhole, so it resorted to social engineering to get me to infect myself.
I was presented with a page that looks identical to the real Adobe Flash Player download page, except it was hosted on a virtual private server in Maryland, USA.
Without the need for a click it proceeded to download: