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Spam of Barack Obama leads in 2008 election

MessageLabs says that Democratic presidential nominee-Barack Obama-is the most favorite presidential candidate for hackers, who have continuously used his name in order to lure and invite merchandise and circulate malware.

Reports also added that hackers' choice of presidential pick was discovered by MessageLabs researchers after analyzing on election based spam in the last 24 hours. Researchers of MessageLabs say that Obama's name came in almost 95% of spam mails as compared to McCain's name in only 5% of spam mails.

As per the security researchers, in spite of attractive subject lines, no spam has a political message.

Senior Antispam Technologist for MessageLabs, Matt sergeant added that they appear to be classic spam attack. The subject lines differ tremendously. But they are trying to sell some kind of product at the end of the links. They don't wish to sell anything political, as per the news by CHANNELWEB on November 4, 2008.

The researchers and experts of MessageLabs also disclose some other subject lines like Obama Six Pack, Obamamercial, and Mr. Obama would have voted for Genocide etc. that have been accessed by hackers in the pre-election days.

Also, another security analyst and expert of MessageLabs, Paul Wood, said that between 0.09%-0.13percent of all spam sent between October 30 and November 4 were election based, transmitting into 100,000 spam mails, as told to TG DAILY on November 10, 2008.

Also, security experts claim that spam in the Obama and McCain's name has been linked with malware. This malware comes an attachment in the spam mail, which when opened by the user will lead to hacking of his system as well as divulge the private details of the user to hackers, in other words, spear phishing.

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» SPAMfighter News - 24-11-2008

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