Spam E-mails Containing Obama Sex Scandal Footage Target Users
Security Researchers at Websense Security Labs discovered a latest spam drive aiming at the forthcoming US presidential election with false reports about a sex scandal involving the democratic candidate Barack Obama and Ukrainian ladies.
These Websense fraud emails claimed to show a video clip of him indulging in sex with the Ukrainian ladies during his last year's visit to Ukraine. People opening the link can view a sexually explicit video picked up from hxxp://homemade*snip*.com/.
The spam message announced that the Senator Barack Obama during his trip to Ukraine in 2007 had a sexual action with several Ukrainian girls. Users were asked to watch the pornographic using flash video. They were further requested to share the sensational news with their friends and inform them that Obama was not the right choice.
Furthermore, malware was planted to the target's PC when 14 seconds long video ran on the system. The malicious code held a Trojan that allows the victim's PC to be hijacked through a program named 809.exe in the Temporary Internet Files folder of the victim.
Subsequently, it also embedded a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that steals keystrokes and sent them to a server remotely controlled by malware vendors. The malware arrived as a information stealing program aimed at posting the target's details on an infected Finnish travel site.
Thus, people should refrain from accessing unknown e-mails or opening unidentified links, particularly undesirable, disreputable porno Websites that appear to have originated from Eastern Europe. All those succumbing to their inquisitiveness would have to suffer huge loss.
Some phishing scams have been identified utilizing the US presidential polls as a social engineering technique to embed information-stealing application on a user's PC. Now only a couple of months to the election, the spam messages with false reports of a sex scandal involving the nominees have started going around.
Moreover the pace of Internet communications lets cyber criminals hit their victims with accuracy, particularly with the help of Internet frauds like phishing.
Likewise, in April 2008, a cyber-terrorist was able to divert visitors from Barack Obama's Community Blogs Website to Hillary Clinton's site through similar techniques.
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